Last reviewed on 1 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Parents can appeal admission decisions. If you're the admission authority for your school, you need to know how to handle these appeals. You can use our template appeal outcome letter, and see how other schools approach appeals.

Admission appeals during COVID-19 Temporary regulations came into force in April 2020 to amend the School Admission Appeal Regulations 2012, to help admission authorities carry out appeals during the pandemic. These temporary regulations will now remain in force until 30 September 2022 (the date was extended from 31 January 2021 and then again from 30 September 2021). The key provisions in place until 30 September 2022 include: Flexibility with panel hearings  – when it's not safe to meet face-to-face (in line with government guidance), hearings can take place remotely by telephone or video conference, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing Amendments to deadlines – appellants must now be: Given at least 28 calendar days’ written notice of a deadline for lodging an appeal Given at least 14 calendar days’ written notice of an appeal hearing (although appellants can waive their right to this in writing) Sent a decision letter within 7 calendar days of the hearing (or in the case of written submissions only, within