Admission appeal process

The coronavirus outbreak will impact on our ability to carry out appeals in the usual way. Please see the guidance issued by the Department for Education on the GOV.UK website.

If you have been refused a place at your preferred school we will explain why, and you will be given the right to appeal.

You should read the school appeals guide which explains:

  • how the appeal will be conducted
  • the sort of information you may wish to present
  • who the members of an independent panel might be
  • how a decision is reached
  • the outcome of your appeal

If, after reading the guide, you would like to appeal you should complete the appeal statement form and send it either to our school admissions team or to the school.

If the school you are appealing to is outside North Somerset, you should check with the school where your appeal letter should be sent.

Appeal hearings

Appeal hearings for reception intake, junior and secondary transfer are heard between May and July. Appeal hearings for people wanting to change their child’s school will be heard within 30 schools days from when we receive your appeal.


We are required to publish an appeals timetable.

This timetable only applies to North Somerset community schools, voluntary controlled schools and own admissions authority schools that trade with North Somerset Council democratic services.