1. Considering an appeal
  2. The process
  3. Success rate
  4. Deadlines
  5. Start

Considering making a school appeal?

There may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing school admissions appeals this year. We are monitoring government guidance and considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on school appeal related duties

These pages will give you some helpful advice to consider before making a school appeal.

Before you start, have you considered your options?

Accept the place you’ve been offered

This will not affect your right to submit an appeal or your child’s position on a waiting list. But it will guarantee that your child has a school place if no places become available at your preferred school. More about accepting the place you’ve been offered.

Accepting a place in a school in West Sussex.

Join a waiting list

You may wish to add your child’s name to the waiting list for your preferred school(s). This will not affect your appeal. More about waiting lists.

Waiting lists for a school in West Sussex.

Request a change of allocated school

It is sometimes possible to change your child’s allocated school provided the alternative school still has vacancies. This is not the same as changing your preference. More about requesting a change of allocated school.

Queries about changing your allocated school in West Sussex.

Are you a parent from West Sussex?

Except for the academies listed below, if you are a parent from West Sussex and have queries about appeals, accepting a school place, waiting lists, or changing your child’s allocated school place, please contact West Sussex County Council School Admissions.

If you have a query for the following academies in West Sussex, please see the notes below:

  • Blackthorns Community Primary Academy
  • The Burgess Hill Academy
  • Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
  • Holmbush Primary Academy
  • Lindfield Primary Academy
  • Pound Hill Infant Academy

If your query relates to waiting lists for one of the academies listed above, then please email admissions@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk.

If your query relates to an appeal for one of the academies listed above, then you will need to use the East Sussex County Council appeals process (see next pages).

For appeals to any other schools or academies in West Sussex, please contact West Sussex County Council School Admissions.

Read on for important information about the appeals process, for you to consider before making an appeal.

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