Academic Year 2020/21

Admission appeals in England

This is the latest data
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These statistics provide information about appeals made following the refusal of a school place application.

Most appeals are made when an applicant has not received an offer, via the annual coordinated admissions process, of a place at their first preference school for entry into primary or secondary school. However, appeals relating to other transfers at the start of the school year are also included.

Appeals relating to community and voluntary controlled schools are provided as aggregated totals by local authorities. Academy, foundation and voluntary aided schools provide their own appeal figures via the school census.

The latest data covers appeals relating to admissions at the start of the 2020 to 2021 academic year. The appeals must have been lodged with the appropriate admissions authority by 1 September 2020. A comparable time series back to the 2015 to 2016 academic year is available.

The figures detail the number of appeals lodged, heard (by an appeals panel) and successful. Appeal rates are calculated on the number of new admissions or, for successful appeals, the number heard.

The figures are provided by school phase, with primary schools split into infant and other primary classes where appropriate. The data is further divided by governance or, separately, broken down by national, regional and local authority level.

The appeal process reported on took place during a period of restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Measures were put in place to ensure parents and carers were still afforded the right to appeal when they had been refused a school place, and for that appeal to be heard. Further details are provided in the methodology document.

Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

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