Secondary school 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.

If you wish to appeal for a place at a Southwark secondary school or a school in another borough, 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

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

You can also view the Department for Education’s School Admission Appeals Code for further information.

Page last updated: 27 August 2021

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