School admission appeals

You have the right to appeal against the decision to refuse your child a place at any of the preferred schools on your application form.

You should read the admission appeals booklet before completing the appeal form. You can also find national guidance for parents on school appeals on GOV.UK

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Appeals timetable

Transfer appeals

School appeals for applications for places in Reception and Year 7 are heard during the summer term. You will be notified of the date and time for your appeal at least 10 working days before the appeal. 

The timetable and deadlines for submitting a transfer appeal for the beginning of the academic year 2024 are set out below: 

Transfer appeals dates
Appeal type National Offer day Deadline for lodging appeal Appeals will be heard in
Year 7 appeals for September 2024 1 March 2024 29 March 2024 May to mid-June 2024
Reception appeals for September 2024 16 April 2024 16 May 2024 June and July 2024

Late appeals lodged after the above deadlines will be heard within 40 school days but may not be heard before September 2024.

In-year appeals

School appeals for applications within a school year are heard throughout the year, within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. 

To give you an idea of when your appeal might be heard, below are scheduled dates for upcoming in-year appeals this term:

  • Wednesday 24 April (deadline 28 March)
  • Tuesday 21 May (deadline 2 May)
  • Wednesday 19 June (deadline 21 May)
  • Tuesday 9 July (deadline 21 June)
  • Wednesday 17 July (deadline 28 June)
  • Wednesday 18 September (deadline 20 August)

Infant class size appeals

Government regulations limit class sizes to 30 pupils per class teacher in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. There are very limited grounds on which appeals to these year groups can be allowed. To allow an infant class size appeal, the panel must find that:

  • the infant class size limit (30 pupils per class teacher) would not be breached if your child were admitted to the school
  • the admissions arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied in your case
  • the decision to refuse your child a place at the school was unreasonable

You should consider which of the above apply to your case before submitting an infant class size appeal.

How to make an appeal

To submit an appeal, please use our school admission appeal online form.

Make a school admission appeal

If you wish to include any copies of supporting documentation with your appeal, you can upload the documents online.

If you have any queries about the appeals process more generally, contact us.

Make a school admission appeal

The following local schools have their own appeals processes and you should contact them directly to submit an appeal:

  • Binfield Church of England Primary School
  • Brakenhale School
  • Crown Wood Primary School
  • Great Hollands Primary School
  • Jennett's Park Church of England Primary School
  • Ranelagh Church of England School
  • Sandy Lane Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 
  • St Michael's Church of England Primary School Sandhurst
  • Wildmoor Heath School

We conduct school admission appeals for the following schools outside of Bracknell Forest. Please use the appeal form above for the following schools:

  • Emmbrook Infant School
  • Emmbrook Junior School
  • Hatch Ride Primary School
  • Nine Mile Ride Primary School
  • Oaklands Junior School
  • Shinfield Infant School
  • St Crispin's School
  • The Emmbrook School - secondary
  • Wescott Infant School
  • Westende Junior School

If you wish to include any copies of supporting documentation with your appeal, you can upload the documents with your appeal form. If you have documents you wish to submit after you have filled in the form, email them to appeals@bracknell-forest.gov.uk giving a reference number and your child's name.

School admission appeals panel

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer member read our information page.

More information

If you have any queries regarding school admission appeals or would like more information, contact us by: