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Durham County Council

Once your school place has been accepted, please check you receive a confirmation email. If you have accepted online you do not need to contact admissions. 

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Appeal against the offer of a school place


If your child is refused a place at any of the primary or secondary schools you applied for, you can appeal against this decision.

Your appeal will be decided by a panel which is independent of both the school and the council and the decision is binding on all parties.

How do you make an appeal?

To appeal for a place at the school you want your child to attend, contact us to speak to an appeals officer. If you then decide to appeal you can complete a school admission appeal form and return it to us. You will need to refer to the school admission appeals process and rules (PDF, 368kb) to help you complete the form.

Additional information for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (infant class size) appeals

By law, infant classes must not have more than 30 children except for very limited exceptions. This means it is very difficult to win an appeal and personal circumstances such as home to school distance, childcare arrangements, transport issues or having children at other schools are not sufficient enough reasons to make an appeal successful.

An appeal can only be successful if one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  • if the admission of the child would not increase the class size to over 30
  • if the admission arrangements do not comply with the law
  • if the admission arrangements were incorrectly applied
  • If the decision to refuse admission was unreasonable (completely perverse and outrageous) in light of the admission arrangements

If you are considering an appeal for these year groups you are advised to contact us as we will be able to explain in more detail about the law relating to infant class sizes. 

Voluntary aided (faith) schools

Contact the school directly for information about their appeals procedure.