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Appeal against not getting a primary school place

Find out how to appeal if your child isn’t offered a primary school you applied for.

What appeals we handle

We deal with appeals for community schools in the borough. You should contact the school directly if you have been refused a place by:

  • an academy
  • a faith school
  • a school outside the borough.

What happens if your child doesn't qualify for a place

  • If your child does not qualify for a place at one of the schools you applied for, we will offer you a different school. This may be a faith school, a non-faith school or a school outside your neighbourhood.
  • There is no limit on how far away the school can be, but we aim to offer a place within two miles of your family home.

When you get an offer

  • We encourage you to accept the school you have been offered. If you decline it, we cannot guarantee to offer you one of your preferred schools by the start of the school year.
    • Before you accept or decline an offer, you can visit the school first and speak to the headteacher about opportunities available to your child.
      • Headteachers will be happy to show you their school and assure you that your child can excel there.
      • If you accept the offer, you will still stay on the waiting list for your preferred schools and it will not affect any admissions appeals.

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Get independent advice

For independent advice, contact ACE Education Advice. You can call their telephone advice line on 0300 0115 142, Monday–Wednesday, 10am–1pm.

Timetable of appeals

​Date Event​
16 April 2019​ Offers for Reception class places in September 2019 are made
10 May 2019​ Deadline for lodging Reception class place appeals for community schools in Lewisham
June–July 2019 Appeal hearings for community primary schools

How to appeal

Appeal online

Click 'Appeal now' and log into our website. If you don't have an account, you need to register first. The form takes about 20 minutes to complete depending on the nature of your appeal.

Appeal by email

You can also download the appeal form below and email it to us. Contact us if you would like a hard copy of the form.

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