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Education Admission Timetable


In accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code, admission authorities must set a timetable for organising and hearing education appeals. The following timetable applies to appeals for admission to the Academy in the academic year 2022/23.

19th April 2022 –  (National Offer day) Primary ‘Offer Day’. Notification sent to parents

18th May 2022 (Noon) – Deadline for appeal forms to be returned.


Before you appeal


You have the right to appeal if your child does not get a place at your chosen school.

There are three types of appeal:

– For the September intake of reception, junior or secondary pupils, appeals are held in blocks during late spring and summer.

– For midyear applications, appeals should be heard within 30 school days of being received.

– For a child with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, you must contact your case worker.

For more advice about the appeals process, you must read the school admissions appeal guide.

To find out what type of school you want to appeal for, visit the school finder on


Lodge an appeal


You have the right to appeal if you have been refused a school place.

For primary schools – email: or call 01522 782030.


What happens next?


Your appeal will be acknowledged within five working days. If we do not confirm this with you, call 01522 782030.

You will receive your appeal pack by post 14 calendar before your appeal date. This can be waived to seven working days when you submit your appeal.

The pack will include:

– The date, time and venue of your appeal.

– A letter to explain why your child did not get a place.

– The names of the panel members and clerk


At the appeal


You do not need to attend your appeal, but we recommend that you do or send someone else.


You can bring someone with you (For example a friend, relative or Social Worker)

A person will be there to present the schools case. The clerk will take notes and advise about the law.

Factors are limited for infant class size appeals if there are 30 children in the class.

You must tell us if you need an interpreter. This service is free of charge.


Appeal decisions


An independent panel of three people will make the decision.

After the appeal has been heard, the clerk will tell you how and when you can receive the decision.

A letter will also be posted to you.




If you are unhappy with the way the appeal hearing was conducted, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman is unable to overturn a panel’s decision but may suggest a fresh appeal with a new panel and clerk.


Complaints about academy appeals need to be sent to the Education Funding Agency by:


  • emailing
  • writing to Admission Appeal Complaints, Academies Central Unit, Education Funding and Skills Agency, Earlsdon Park, Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH


Or contact Miss Gemma Goodall, Hillcrest Academies Admission Officer on 01427 613483. 


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