Schools admissions appeals

Schools, education and learning


If your child is not offered a place at one of the schools you listed on your application form, you have the right to appeal for a place at your preferred school.

To appeal for a school place at a local authority maintained or voluntary controlled school in Waltham Forest, please use the school admissions appeal form. You should send the form back to us within 14 days. 

For more information, please read the Appeals Guide to Parents.

Appeal timetable Click to get info

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.

The published appeal dates below may change. The Department for Education will be advising the School Admission Service when they have published new guidance and regulations with regards to school appeals. If you have made an appeal, you will be notified of any updates.


Timetable for  School Transfer Appeals 2020

Type of School

Offer Date

Deadline for appeal submission

Deadline for appeal to be heard


2 March 2020

30 March 2020

16 June 2020


16 April 2020

14 May 2020

17 July 2020

  • Appeals received before the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline
  • Appeals received after the deadline should be heard within 40 days of the deadline if possible or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
  • Appellants will be given at least 14 days’ notice of the date of their appeal.

To appeal for a place at an Academy, Voluntary Aided, Trust or Foundation School please visit the school’s website or contact the school for their appeal procedures.  Please note that the appeal timetable for these schools may differ from the timetables above.  Contact details for these schools are available in the Starting Primary School 2020 and Starting Secondary School 2020 brochures. The brochures are available on the ‘Applying for a primary school’ and ‘Applying for a secondary school’ pages under related links on the right of this page.

Please see a list of these schools below.

Secondary schools:

  • Buxton School
  • Chingford Foundation School
  • Connaught School for Girls
  • Eden Girl's School Waltham Forest
  • George Mitchell School
  • Highams Park School
  • Holy Family Catholic School and 6th Form
  • Lammas School and 6th Form
  • Norlington School and 6th Form
  • South Chingford Foundation School
  • Walthamstow Academy

Primary Schools:

  • Barclay Primary School
  • Buxton School
  • Chapel End Junior Academy
  • Davies Lane Primary School
  • Emmanuel Community School
  • George Mitchell School
  • Hillyfield Primary Academy
  • Lime Academy Larkswood 
  • Longshaw Primary Academy
  • Mayville Primary School
  • Our Lady and St George's Catholic Primary School
  • Riverley Primary School
  • Roger Ascham Primary School
  • Salisbury Manor Primary School
  • Selwyn Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Infant School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Junior School
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • St Mary's CofE Primary School
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
  • St Saviour's Church of England Primary School
  • Sybourn Primary School
  • Thomas Gamuel Primary School
  • Walthamstow Primary Academy
  • Whittingham Primary Academy
  • Willow Brook Primary School Academy
  • Woodford Green Primary School
  • Woodside Primary Academy
  • Yardley Primary School

If you are appealing for a school outside Waltham Forest, you should contact the local authority concerned.

Contact Click to get info

School Admission - Postal Address Only
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road 
E17 4JF 
Telephone: 020 8496 3000

School Admissions - Appointment Service
Sycamore House
Town Hall Campus
Forest Road 
E17 4JF

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic Sycamore House is currently closed.  We will keep this page updated to reflect the current situation.