Schools admissions appeals

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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. You can only appeal once for a place in the same school in the same academic year.

To appeal for a school place at a local authority 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. 

You should also consider accepting any offer of a school place you receive to ensure that your child has a place should your appeal not be successful. Accepting another offer will have no bearing on your appeal and the appeals process does not limit other options available to you.

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

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.  There is a list of these schools below.

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

The Department for Education has provided schools and local authorities with updated guidance about how school appeals can be heard in light of current coronavirus restrictions.

Face-to-face appeal hearings will not take place until the government guidelines on social distancing indicate it is safe to do so.  Hearings will be conducted by telephone or video conference using MS Teams. Where telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals will be conducted entirely on the basis of written submissions.

The temporary regulations impose some new rules relating to appeal timetables.

Appeals will be determined as soon as is reasonably practicable and in accordance with the deadlines set by the temporary regulations. We aim to determine appeals lodged as part of the main admissions round before the start of the September term, wherever possible.

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.

Please submit your appeals as outlined by dates below.

Timetable for  School Transfer Appeals 2021

Type of School

Offer Date

Deadline for appeal submission

Deadline for appeal to be heard

Secondary

1 March 2021

30 March 2021

Before the start of the September term

Primary

16 April 2021

17 May 2021

Before the start of the September term

  • The Waltham Forest Admission Authority will aim to hear Secondary Appeals received before the deadline by 18 June 2021 and Primary Appeals by 23 July 2021.
  • Appellants will be given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing.
 

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 2021 and Starting Secondary School 2021 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 
London 
E17 4JF 
Telephone: 020 8496 3000

School Admissions - Appointment Service
Sycamore House
Town Hall Campus
Forest Road 
Walthamstow
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.