Statutory guidance

School admissions appeals code

Statutory guidance on how schools should organise and run their pupil admissions appeals.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • headteachers and school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities
  • admission authorities of maintained schools as defined in section 88(1) (a) and (b) of the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998
  • schools adjudicators
  • admission appeal panels

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It explains:

  • the statutory basis for the school admission appeals code
  • how schools should conduct appeal hearings with regard to:
    • constitution of appeal panels
    • reaching decisions on appeals
    • infant class size appeals
    • further appeals and complaints about appeals
  • appeals by governing bodies against local authority decisions to admit twice-excluded children
  • the role of the local government ombudsman
  • complaints about appeal panels

It should be read alongside the ‘School admissions code’.

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