Appeals

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on School Appeals

In accordance with temporary regulations issued in relation to School Admission Appeals, face to face appeal hearings should not take place until the Government guidelines on social distancing indicate it is safe to do so and the Admission Authority considers it is reasonably practicable to hold an appeal in person. Admission Appeal hearings are therefore being conducted remotely by telephone conference until further notice. Decisions on appeals can also be made on the basis of written submissions only if preferred by the appellant. The Local Authority is working through all outstanding appeals as quickly as possible, however It is unfortunately unavoidable that there will be delays this year due to the virus outbreak and the consequent social distancing measures.  


If your preference for a school place cannot be met you have the right of appeal. All appeals are organised by Committee Services. Your appeal should be submitted within 21 days from the receipt of refusal. You will be asked to complete a form, clearly stating your reasons for your appeal.

See 'Downloads' for copies of the admission appeals form.

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended) requires all Local Authorities (LAs) and Schools who are their own Admission Authorities to make appropriate arrangements for parents to appeal against a decision made by the LA or Governing Body (GB) for refusing a child admission to a preferred school. 

The School Admission Appeals Code produced by the Department for Education governs all school admission appeals. This Guide to School Admission Appeals is relevant to Academies, Community and Church of England VC and VA Schools within the Wakefield District.

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Waiting lists

For information about waiting lists please select ā€˜Primary waiting list informationā€™ or 'Secondary waiting list informationā€™. You can contact School Admissions on 01924 306052 to find out your waiting list position.

Contact us

The Clerk to the Appeals Panel

Wakefield Council
Room 52
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW

01924 305338