How to appeal

If we have not been able to offer your child a place at one of the preferred schools listed on your application form, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

You can only make one appeal per school, in a single academic year, unless there are changed circumstances.

There is no appeal for nursery, as this is not statutory education.

How to appeal

1. Complete an appeals form

In Year Admissions – for all Hounslow primary and secondary schools except those listed below.

Secondary Transfer in September 2018 – (appeals pack available from 1 March 2018) for all Hounslow secondary schools except Gumley House Convent School - contact the school on 020 8568 8692.
Starting Reception class in September 2018 - (appeals pack available from 16 April 2018) for all Hounslow primary schools except St Mary’s RC Primary Chiswick - contact the school on 020 8994 5606.
Junior Transfer in September 2018 – (appeals pack available from 16 April 2018) for all Hounslow junior schools

2. Read the guidance on making an appeal.

3. Return the completed appeal form to (except for schools listed above which should be sent directly to the school)

Democratic Services
London Borough of Hounslow
Civic Centre
Lampton Road
Hounslow, TW3 4DN

Deadline for appeals

In-Year appeals – on going.
Secondary Transfer appeals – 31 March 2018
Starting Reception class and Junior Transfer appeals - 17 May 2018

The appeals timetable can be viewed here.

Appealing after the deadline

If you appeal after the deadline, your appeal will still be scheduled, but it may be heard later than those who returned their appeal forms on time.

Appeals already submitted

  • To check progress for an appeal you have already submitted to us, please contact the democratic services appeals team.
  • To check the progress for an appeal you have already submitted directly to a school, please contact that school.

Appealing a school place

An appeals panel can only allow more children in an infant class if they decide either:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied
  • that the admission arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had been correctly and impartially applied
  • that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

Appeals for classes with fewer than 30 pupils in infant /junior or secondary school places

An appeals panel will only allow an appeal for an infant class with less than 30 pupils, or a junior or secondary school place if they decide either:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied
  • that the admission arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had been correctly and impartially applied
  • that the admission of additional children would not prejudice the provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources
  • that on balance the case for the child to attend that particular school outweighs the prejudice to the school.
     

Further information

You can also contact the Children’s Legal Centre  or Ace Education Advice

Contact us

Email the Democratic services appeal team

Telephone: 020 8583 3356

School admissions team

Email the school admissions team  

Telephone: 020 8583 2721