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Schools admissions appeals

Last updated 27 January 2016

If your child is not offered a place at one of the schools listed on your application form, you can appeal. Our guide to admission appeals gives more details of the process.

To appeal for a place at a local authority maintained school in Waltham Forest, please email admissions@walthamforest.gov.uk or telephone 020 8496 3000 to request an appeal form. You must send the form back to us within 14 days.

Appeal panel

Appeal panels are groups of people who have no connection with the local authority or with the schools concerned.

For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

For in year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

We only consider one appeal for each school in the same school year. In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to appeal for the same school more than once. There would need to have been a significant change in your circumstances since your first appeal.

You can present your case in person to the appeal panel. You are welcome to bring one friend or representative to go with you to the hearing.

Academies and foundation schools

If you are appealing for an academy, a foundation or voluntary aided school, you must appeal direct to that school. If you are appealing for a school outside Waltham Forest, you should contact the local authority concerned.

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Contact details

  • School Admission Appeals - Postal Address Only

    1A Harvey Road
    London
    E11 3DB
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
  • School Admissions - Information and Advice Service

    Sycamore House Town Hall Complex Forest Road London
    E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
    Mob: Monday 9.30 - 4.30 appointment only, please call 0208 496 3000. Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 - 4.30. Tuesdays 9.30 - 2.30. Fridays - closed all day.
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    Email: admissions@walthamforest.gov.uk