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Applications for Admission

Applications for admission to Reception Year in September 2024 (known as admission “in the normal admission round”) must be made to the Local Authority by completing and submitting their Common Application Form (“CAF”) which is accessible via the Local Authority’s admissions page on its website

Parents must ensure that they complete all necessary information (for example, details of siblings) in the CAF before it is submitted. Failure to do so by the application deadline will result in the child being placed into the next category that applies.

For children applying for one of the places reserved for Muslim pupils and/or for places under category 2 below, parents must complete and submit a supplementary information form (“SIF”) and submit it directly to the school. Failure to do so will result in the child being placed into the next category that applies, which will reduce the chance of achieving a place. The SIF is available for download below.

SIF Forms: 

Please send completed SIF forms to: 

Appeals for Primary School Admissions

Please read the following carefully before downloading and completing the appeal form

In Year Admission

If refused a place, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision. 
If you wish to appeal, please click the appeal form below at the bottom of this section.

An appeal cannot be made because you do not want the school that you have been offered.         

If you can show that there are exceptional reasons why you should be offered a place at your preferred school, then you can appeal. Everyone has the right of appeal, but it is only in exceptional circumstances that an appeal will be successful. For primary appeals, please first read the guidance below about infant class size appeals below.
Appeal panel hearings will take place within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal hearing date by the independent appeal panel clerk.

September 2024 Entry

This school appeal process is for children born between 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

If you did not get the school you were hoping for on 16 April 2024, you can appeal online and upload your supporting documents to the online form. 

Please first read the guidance below about infant class size appeals.



Deadline for lodging appeal

Primary School

 16 April 2024

18 May 2024

The deadline to submit admissions appeal online is 18 May 2024

Appeals to be heard in: June/July 2024

Infant Class Size Appeals

Before going through the appeal process and completing your appeal form, it is important to be aware of how the Appeal Panel reaches its decision on Infant class appeals.

Appeals for a place in most Infant classes can only be upheld in very limited circumstances.

The law requires that Infant classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) should not contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher.

The grounds for allowing an Infant Class Size appeal are extremely limited and the success rate is very low.

By law, when considering an Infant Class Size appeal, the Appeal Panel can only consider three specific grounds if the class limit had already been met:

  • Whether the admission arrangements complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admission Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
  • Whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in the case(s) in question; and
  • Whether the decision to refuse admission was one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

An Appeal Panel can only uphold an Infant Class Size appeal where:

  • It finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit; or
  • it finds that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied: or
  • it decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Due to these legal limitations, an Appeal Panel cannot take into account your personal reasons for wanting a place at the school for your child, so you will need to be sure that your reasons for appealing fits these legal grounds.

It is also likely that an Appeal Panel would consider it reasonable for a child to be refused a place at their nearest school if other children had higher priority for the places available, even if this resulted in you being offered a school place some distance from your home.

Submit your appeal

Before appealing for a school, be sure that you have strong grounds for doing so. Whilst you may be initially disappointed at not being offered this particular school, remember that appeals are only successful in exceptional circumstances.

As the school is full, we cannot admit more pupils, as this would adversely affect resources and the education of other children at the school. The cost of every appeal must be paid for by the school, which puts further pressure on our available resources.

Redbridge has many good schools and the offer you have received may also be a suitable choice for your child.

Further information regarding appeals processes can be read here