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Schools admissions appeals

Last updated 7 September 2015

If your child is not offered a place at one of the schools you listed on your application form, you can appeal against this decision to an independent appeal panel.

Appeals are heard by panels of people who have not taken part in deciding how school places are allocated. These people have no connection with the local authority or with the schools concerned.

You will be invited to present your case in person. You will also be allowed to bring a friend or a representative to help you if you wish.

If you need to see an Admissions Officer

 If you need to see an admissions officer, we offer an information and advice service to parents between 9.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm- 4.30pm Monday to Friday at:
Sycamore House
Town Hall Complex
Forest Road
E17 4SU


If you want to appeal for a place at a local authority maintained school in Waltham Forest, please email or telephone 020 8496 3000 to request an appeal form. You must send the form back to us within 14 days.

Your appeal must be heard within 40 school days of your appeal being lodged.

If you are appealing for an Academy, a foundation or voluntary-aided school, you must appeal directly to that school. If you are appealing for a school outside Waltham Forest, you must appeal directly to the local authority concerned.

We can normally 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 for this to be allowed.

The appeals process is the only recourse for a parent and any lobbying of Councillors or MPs will not influence the school offer in advance of an appeal..

Parents guide to admission appeals

Please read our guide to admission appeals for more

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Contact details

  • School Admission Appeals - Postal Address Only

    1A Harvey Road
    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: 9:00am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday