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A parents guide to school admission appeals

Your rights

You have the right to appeal for places at all schools for which you have applied and been refused a place. This right of appeal does not apply if your child has been permanently excluded from two schools. If your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) a different process to that found here will be followed, please go to (opens new window) for more information. 

You can only appeal once in every academic year unless there has been a significant change in your circumstances. If this is the case, you need to reapply for a place at the school and be refused before you can appeal. You can only appeal for the year group for which you have been refused.

Accepting a place at an alternative school will not in any way affect an appeal for your chosen school.

This guide covers the arrangements for parents who want to appeal against admission decisions for schools in Wiltshire.

The appeal arrangements in this guide have been made according to the provisions of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (opens new window) and the School Admissions Appeals Code (opens new window) which was issued to offer advice and guidance on appeal procedures and arrangements.

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