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Guide: School admission appeals

Admission appeals timetable

When are appeals held?

Appeal hearings are held during the working day. They are not held at weekends, in the evening or during the school holidays.

Generally, we cannot accommodate working patterns and therefore you may need to book time off work. If you know that you cannot attend an appeal on certain dates (for example, you are on holiday) please include this information on the appeal form. If possible, we will try to avoid hearing your appeal on these dates.

Appeal hearings are usually held at the Council offices on Topsham Road in Exeter but could be held at other external venues.

You will receive written notification of the date, time and arrangements for your hearing no later than 10 school days before the hearing. The notification will include the school’s submission and a deadline for the submission of any further evidence you may wish to provide other than that already included with your initial appeal form.

Appeals timetable for normal round entry

Each year, we will publish an appeals timetable for the normal round admissions by 28 February. We are required to set out the appeals timetable for the next round of admissions into reception and year 7 in September 2020.

Primary reception class appeals

National offer day is 16 April 2020.

Deadline for lodging appeals is 29 May 2020 (appeals will be heard within 40 school days of this deadline).

Appeal hearings are scheduled throughout June/July. Appeals not received by the deadline may have to be heard in September.

Junior transfer appeals

National offer day is 16 April 2020

Deadline for lodging appeals is 29 May 2020 (appeals will be heard within 40 school days of this deadline)

Appeal hearings are scheduled throughout June/July.  Appeals not received by the deadline may have to be heard in September.

Secondary transfer appeals (year 7)

National offer day is 3 March 2020

Deadline for lodging appeals is 31 March 2020 (appeals will be heard within 40 school days of this deadline)

Appeal hearings are scheduled throughout May/June. Appeals not received by the deadline may have to be heard in September.

In-year admission appeals

For in-year admissions into any academic year group, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of being received by the appeals office.