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Primary school appeals

Please note that due to COVID-19, the Department for Education has published temporary regulations (The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021) alongside updated guidance relating to the school admissions appeals process.

The temporary regulations and updated guidance only apply where it is not reasonably practicable to comply with the School Admission Appeals Code for a reason relating to the incidence or transmission of Covid-19. The temporary appeal arrangements are available to use by admission authorities when they are needed – when they are not, the duty to comply with the The Schools Admission (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 and the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appeals

In accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (SSFA), you have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at a preferred school.

When deciding whether to appeal, you can be assured that accepting a place at another school will not affect your right to appeal for a place at your preferred school/s, nor will it affect your child’s place on the waiting list at these schools. As there's no guarantee that your appeal will be successful, we strongly advise families to make arrangements for a place at an alternative school in the meantime.

Community schools

If you were unsuccessful in being offered a place for your child at a Southwark community school and would like to appeal, we strongly advise you to read Southwark Council’s admission appeals guide (pdf, 451kb) and you will also need to complete and return Southwark Council’s community primary school admissions appeal form (pdf, 195kb) by 11.59pm on Friday 21 May 2021. Independent appeal panels will consider all appeals and the hearing will be clerked by an independent appeals clerk.

Appeals are heard in June/July to allow for movement after the offer date where places become vacant as families may have accepted a place at an alternative school. You will also be able to attend the hearing if you wish to do so.

Southwark non-community schools

If you were unsuccessful in being offered a place for your child at a Southwark non-community primary school or a school in another borough, you must contact the school or borough directly for further information as they administer their own appeals process. The individual schools will explain how you can appeal and send you a copy of their own appeal form.

Listed below are the contact numbers for other school admissions teams located in London which you may find useful.

London borough

Admissions contact details

Bexley

020 8303 7777

Bromley

020 8313 4044

Camden

020 7974 1625

Croydon

020 8726 6400 (option 3)

Greenwich

020 8921 8043

Hackney

020 8820 7000 (option 3)

Islington

020 7527 5515

Kensington and Chelsea

020 7745 6432

Lambeth

020 7926 9503 (option 2)

Lewisham

020 8314 8282

Merton

020 8274 4906

Newham

020 8430 2000

Tower Hamlets

020 7364 5006 (option 1)

Wandsworth

020 8871 6000

Westminster

020 7745 6433

Page last updated: 09 April 2021

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