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Appeal a school place decision

Appealing a decision

If you're not happy with the response to your application preferences you have the right to appeal the decision(s) and present your case to an Independent Appeal Panel.

An appeal form and other information about the appeal process is available below.  If you appeal you will receive an acknowledgement within five working days.

Before you decide to appeal, please take the time to consider:

  • the school's admission policy
  • your reasons for wanting your child to attend that school
  • your child’s opinion about what school they should attend
  • how strong a case you have

See the Essential Guide to North Tyneside Schools for information on the appeals process for:

  • Key Stage 1 – Reception Class
  • All other year groups 
  • 6th Form

For academies, trust and voluntary aided schools, the governing body manages pupil admissions.

Any appeals for these schools should be made directly to the Chair of the Governors at the school address.

Related documents

Education appeals timetable 2019/20

In accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code, the Council as the admission authority for community schools must set a timetable for organising and hearing education appeals. Trust schools, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies will set their own appeals timetable which should be available on the individual school’s website from the 28 February 2019.

The following timetable will apply to appeals for admission to community schools in the academic year 2019/20. 

Appeals process
Process Middle and High Schools First and Primary Schools
National Offer Day – This is the day that letters or emails are sent out informing parents of the school at which they have been offered a place.
Friday 1 March 2019 Tuesday 16 April 2019
Deadline for the receipt of appeals.  Wednesday 3 April 2019 Thursday 23 May 2019
Deadline for appeals to be heard. Friday 21 June 2019 Friday 19 July 2019
Appeals will be heard between: Tuesday 7 May 2019 and Friday 21 June 2019 Monday 17 June 2019 and Friday 19 July 2019


  • Appeals in respect of late applications, i.e. those received by the admission authority after the deadline for receipt of applications in the normal round of admissions, will generally be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being received by the Clerk to the Education Appeals Panel (the Clerk). 
  • Appeals in respect of in-year applications, i.e. those for admission to a year group which is not the normal year of entry, for example Year 1 or Year 8, or appeals submitted after the start of the school year, will be heard within 30 school days of receipt by the Clerk. 
  • Appeals received by the Clerk will be acknowledged in writing within 5 working days.  If you have not received an acknowledgement within 7 days of submitting your appeal form please contact the Clerk, using the details below.
  • Appellants (the person(s) lodging an appeal) will be advised in writing of the date, time and venue of the appeals panel which has been appointed to hear their appeal at least 10 school days before the hearing.
  • Appellants and the admission authority must provide the Clerk with any documents they wish to submit to the panel no later than 6 working days before the date of the appeals panel hearing.
  • At least 5 working days before the hearing all the documentary evidence to be considered at the meeting will be sent to all parties.
  • All parties will be advised, wherever possible, of the panel’s decision in writing within 5 school days of the conclusion of the appeals panel hearing.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

The Clerk to the Education Appeals Panel
c/o Democratic Services
3rd Floor Left
Quadrant East
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Tel: (0191) 643 5316 or 5313 or 5315 or 5359