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The lottery of schools admissions is a stressful time for all parents. This stress is compounded if your child does not get a place at the school of your choice.

The rules relating to schools admissions are complex, and alter depending on the type of school applied for. The rules also differ if you are appealing a decision for your child’s entry into reception, year 1 and year 2 because class sizes are limited by law to a total of 30 pupils.

Admissions authorities must comply with your preferences, unless it would prejudice efficient education. If your child has Special Educational Needs (SEN) the rules are different, and your child has a right to be admitted to the school named in their Statement of Education Health and Care Plan.

If your child has not received a place at the school of your choice (or their own choice, if the application is to college), we can assist with the following:

  • Appeals for children with SEN
  • Infant class size appeals
  • Understanding the School Admission Code
  • Appeals panel preparation and representation
  • Claims for judicial review or complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman or the Education Funding Agency

You will receive notification of your child’s placement decision in writing. There are prescribed deadlines by which an appeal must be made so it is important to seek expert advice as soon as you receive a decision you disagree with. We provide an initial telephone conversation free of charge so please contact us on 01926 354 704 or

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Ceri Mawson
Trainee Solicitor
Debbie Anderson
Solicitor | Director | Head of The Health and Community Care Team
Sonal Lala
Senior Solicitor

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