School appeals

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 Community schools only.  For all other schools, please contact them directly. 

  1. Read the guidance on making an appeal.
  2. Return the completed appeal form* to

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

*Community Schools only –for all other appeals please contact the school directly

Deadline for appeals

In-Year appeals – on going.

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

  • When an infant class already has 30 pupils
  • The law states that there must be no more than 30 pupils in an infant class (reception, year one and year two).
  • 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

Democratic services appeal team

Email schoolappeals@hounslow.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8583 3356

School admissions team

Email: admissions@hounslow.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8583 2721

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