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If you are seeking advice on Admissions, please get in contact with our litigation team. At Bloomsbury Law, we provide a bespoke service to advise you on all your Education concerns. For a tailor made service on all Education matters, call us at Bloomsbury Law on 0207 998 7777 or contact us via email so we may arrange a call back.

Getting the right school place is a key building block in creating the best future for your child. The Application process is very stressful for many parents. As there can only be 30 children per qualified teacher in each reception and infant class, the School Admission Authorities are required by law to publish their admissions policy to clearly state what criteria has to be met in order to obtain a place.

If your child’s Application has been unsuccessful, this does not necessarily mean that all is lost, as you have the right to a School Admissions Appeal. The Appeal will then be heard by an independent panel and details are as follows:


Type of school Admission authority Complaints about arrangements Responsible for appeal against place refusal
Academies Academy Trust Schools Adjudicator Academy Trust
Community Schools foundation Local Authority Schools Adjudicator Local Authority
Foundation Schools Governing Body Schools Adjudicator Governing Body
Voluntary aided Schools Governing Body Schools Adjudicator Governing Body
Voluntary controlled Schools Local Authority Schools Adjudicator Local Authority


In order to be successful, an Appeal must show that the law was not applied properly, and that the child would have been offered a place if that had been the case. We can help you present your case in writing or by legal representation at the hearing. The Appeal panel will then make a decision by taking into consideration the needs of the children and their education, along with practical issues. For reception classes, the cases are usually more difficult than in relation to secondary admission where there is more flexibility in the procedure. When the Appeal decision is made, there is no further right of Appeal, but a judicial review may be available.

At Bloomsbury Law, we understand how important attaining a successful admission is for you or your child. If you or someone you know is seeking legal advice on admission or appeals, please get in contact with one of our specialists. We will listen to your circumstances, answer any questions you may have and address them accordingly once we are instructed.

What do I do next?

Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated education specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.

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