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Secondary school admissions
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Primary school admission appeals

Secondary school admission appeals

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a place at your preferred school, the options available to you are -

  • accept a place at the school allocated
  • consider requesting a place at an alternative secondary school which still has vacancies by submitting your request in writing to the admissions team at the address below
  • appeal against the decision of the Hull City Council or other admission authority to an independent panel which will consider the matter. Even if you are allocated your second or third preference school, you may submit an appeal for your preferred school

How to appeal

If you have not been offered your preferred school or you wish to appeal against your allocated school, you will be sent an appeal form and guidance with your allocation letter for you to make a formal appeal.  The appeal process differs on the type of school -

Community secondary schools
An appeal form and guidance will be included with your allocation letter. The completed form should be returned to the admissions team by the date specified on the appeal form. The appeal will be heard within 40 school days of the closing date for appeals by an independent appeal panel arranged locally.

Voluntary aided, trust, academy and free schools
Appeals against refusal of admission to a voluntary aided school or academy are the responsibility of the governors or academy trust of that school. Voluntary aided schools and academies are responsible for their own admissions and have their own allocation criteria, which is available from the school.

If your child has an education, health and care plan or statement of special educational needs you need to appeal through the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. Please contact special needs staff on 01482 300 300 for further information.

Your appeal will be heard within 40 school days of the closing date for appeals by an independent appeal panel arranged locally. For appeals submitted by the deadline date in the primary to secondary transfer process, hearings should be completed by June 2017.

How many times can you appeal

During any academic year you can only appeal once for a particular school. If your original appeal was dismissed and there is a significant change in your circumstances,  the local authority may consider a second appeal for a school controlled by them.  However, you can appeal for alternative schools should you wish. 

A guide to school admissions is available to download below -


Contact us

School Admissions Team
Room 128
Guildhall
Aldfred Gelder Street
Hull
HU1 2AA

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Email: lsadmissions@hullcc.gov.uk

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