Further information on the Admission Appeal process is provided below


Why has my application been refused?

The council wishes to meet parental preferences for their choice of school. 

However, the circumstances at individual schools can mean that this is not always possible.

If this is the case parents will receive a letter from the council informing them of their decision, and of their Right to Appeal against this decision to an independent Appeal Panel.

If your child is currently being taught within Key Stage 1 (i.e. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), the current legislation states that these classes must not (with limited exceptions) contain more than 30 children taught by one teacher as to admit any further pupils, would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

In the majority of cases your application will only have been refused if the admission limit for the year group has been reached or if you have been offered a place at a higher ranked preference. To admit any further pupils in either case would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.


How do I appeal?

Appeal forms should be requested as per the instructions on your decision letter i.e. all appeals should be made in writing by completing the appropriate online form provided by the Admissions Team.  

To request an appeal form for a Doncaster school email admissionappeals@doncaster.gov.uk  with the following:

  • Childs Name
  • Childs Date of Birth
  • School you wish to appeal for

Alternatively, please leave the above details along with your home address on the voicemail service – 01302 737274.

A guidance document and a link to an online appeal form will be emailed to you with a form for you to complete and submit.


 When will my appeal be heard?


Statutory Requirement Timetable
Deadline for lodging appeals 20 school days from the date of notification that the application was unsuccessful
Notice of Appeal Hearing 10 school days in advance
Reasonable deadlines:- 



for appellants to submit additional evidence: 3 days in advance of the evidence by admission authorities being submitted (as below) to enable this to be circulated.

for admission authorities to submit their evidence: 7 days prior to the hearing.

for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties: Circulated 7 days prior to the hearing.


Admission authorities must ensure that appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales 

Reception entry to Infant/Primary School, Year 3 for separate Junior School and Year 7 entry to Secondary school

For applications made in the normal admissions round (notified on National Offer day – 1st March for Secondary and 16th April for Primary), appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

For late applications (notified after the national offer days), appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;

In-Year admissions/transfers

Appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged 


Notice of appeal hearing

10 school days in advance

Appeal decision letters sent by the clerk

within five school days of the hearing wherever possible 


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Last updated: 07 December 2022 15:09:18

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