Complain about the appeals process
You can complain about the way the appeal was carried out, but you can not complain about the decision itself.
Complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.
Complain to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) about an appeal made to:
- free schools
- university technical colleges
- studio schools
Fill in the online complaint form – sign up for an account if you want to save your form.
Contact ESFA if you need a paper form instead.
You should get a decision on your complaint within 9 weeks (45 working days). You’ll be told if it’ll take longer.
You’ll get a letter explaining the reasons for the decision.
If ESFA decides something went wrong with the appeals panel, it may:
- ask the school to hold a new appeal hearing with a different panel
- recommend the school reviews its appeals process
If a maintained school becomes an academy
If you complain about an admission appeal hearing held by a maintained school that then converts to academy status, this complaint will be investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman will pass any actions to ESFA.