School admission appeal guidance 2023

If your child has been refused admission to a Lambeth community or voluntary-controlled school, you have a legal right to appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeals Panel.

Timetables for education admission appeals

These timetables have been compiled in accordance with the requirements of the School Admission Appeals Code.

Primary

Action

On time applications

Offers made

17 April 2023

Deadline to submit Appeal Form

19 May 2023

Acknowledgement of receipt of form (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

Within 5 working days

Latest date for Appeal Hearing (on-time applications)

3 July 2023

Written notification of the date of the appeal

At least 10 school days' before the appeal

Deadline for submission of supporting evidence (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

8 working days before the appeal

Papers for appeal to be sent to parents, admission authority and panel members (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

6 working days before the appeal

Notification of result of appeal

5 calendar days unless there is good reason (by letter)

Secondary

Action

On time applications

Offers made

1 March 2023

Deadline to submit Appeal Form

29 March 2023

Acknowledgement of receipt of form (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

Within 5 working days

Latest date for Appeal Hearing (on-time applications)

26 May 2023

Written notification of the date of the appeal

At least 10 school days' before the appeal

Deadline for submission of supporting evidence (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

8 working days before the appeal

Papers for appeal to be sent to parents, admission authority and panel members (the School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale - we will try to carry this out in the timescales shown)

6 working days before the appeal

Notification of result of appeal

5 calendar days unless there is good reason (by letter)

Hearings for on-time appeals for September 2023 intake have been scheduled for the following dates. Additional dates may be scheduled depending on the volume of appeals:

  • Secondary (Year 7) – 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 May 2023
  • Primary (Reception Class) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29 June and 3 July 2023

Any appeals submitted after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is the later date. In-year admission appeals (for people applying for school places in the middle of a school year) will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal being lodged.