Admission appeals

Appealing an Admissions decision

If you have requested a place at a primary or secondary school in Hull that has no vacancies, you have the right of appeal to an independent panel.

Parents or Guardians who wish to exercise their right of appeal, need to complete an appeal form, which can be requested from the Admissions Team by calling 01482 300 300.

Once the appeal form has been submitted, an appeal hearing date will be set within 30 school days of receipt of the form for in year transfers or 40 school days during the normal admissions round.

You will receive a letter ten days before the hearing confirming the time and date of the hearing. Guidelines concerning what to do at the appeal will also be included in the pack. You must let democratic services know if an interpreter is required.

Appeal outcome

Following the hearing you will be sent a letter confirming the decision within five working days. If your appeal has been successful, it will contain instructions for what you will need to do next.

If your appeal has been unsuccessful the letter will include the reasons why the Panel decided to refuse your appeal. The Panel is comprised of experienced and trained people who are independent of the Council.

Once an appeal decision has been made, you are unable to appeal further until the following academic year for the same school. If you wish to challenge this decision, you will need to take advice on any further steps you can take. Even if a place has been allocated at a school the parent can still lodge an appeal for a more preferred school where an application has been made but there has not be a vacancy that could be allocated.

Parents who feel that the way in which admission decisions have been reached by the Authority and the Appeal Panel are improper, may take their case to - 

The Commission for Local Administration in England Ombudsman
PO Box 4771

They can also be contacted via telephone 08456 021 983.

The Ombudsman cannot overturn an Appeal Panel’s decision but can consider whether there has been any maladministration.