By law, if we refuse your child a
place at the school or schools you prefer, you can appeal against
Please note that you can only appeal for a school place
where you have applied and been refused a place. Normally you can
only appeal for the same school once for each academic year.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
you cannot use this appeal process. You must appeal to the special
needs tribunal. To do this please contact the
Special Education Needs Service.
Before deciding whether to appeal, you will probably want to think
• the schools published policy for admitting pupils
• your reasons for wanting your child to attend the school
• your child's view of what school they should go to
• how strong a case you have
All appeals will usually be during office hours and take place at
East Ham Town Hall or Newham Dockside between the hours of 9am
-6pm. The decision to uphold or not uphold your appeal will be made
by an independent appeal panel.
Please see the
Admissions Appeals Timetable page for more information (when we
will hear your appeal).
How do I appeal?
- This form should be completed for appeals for all Newham
maintained schools, including Voluntary Aided and Voluntary
Controlled Schools, and non-maintained Academies in Newham. To
appeal for a school outside of Newham you must contact the local
authority responsible for that school, or the school
- On the form you receive, you must enter the reasons for wanting
the school. You must set out your grounds for appeal in writing,
failure to do so will mean that your appeal will not be considered.
It is important that you state any religious, philosophical,
medical or social reasons and return it to:
Admissions Appeals - Committee and Partnerships
London Borough of Newham
Legal and Democratic Services
3rd Floor, Eastside
1000 Dockside Road
Please send any supporting documents in with your appeal.
Supporting documentation must be submitted 5 school days prior to
the appeal hearing. Please note that additional information that is
not submitted by this date may not be considered by the appeal
panel. The Appeal Panel must decide whether any material not
submitted by the specified deadline is to be considered, taking
into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to
adjourn the hearing.
- You may be accompanied by a friend, or have your case presented
by an advocate if you wish. A friend or adviser can be a locally
elected politician or an employee of the local education authority,
such as an educational social worker, special educational needs
adviser or learning mentor, provided that this will not lead to a
conflict of interest. You may also bring any witnesses or be
represented at the hearing if you cannot attend.
- You will be notified in writing that your appeal form has been
received. This will tell you the deadlines under which your appeal
must be heard.
- A second letter detailing the exact date, time and venue will
be sent to you 10 school days before the hearing.