School admissions - appeals
For voluntary aided schools in Northumberland County Council,
the responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the school,
and you should contact the school directly for details.
For community schools, the responsibility for appeals rests
with Northumberland County Council Education Authority.
If you want to appeal for a community school, you can access
the form at the bottom of this page under related documents or
by following this link School Appeal
Form, or contact Northumberland County Council Admissions Team
for a form (please note an appeal form should only be
completed if your child has been refused a place at a
You should read the School
Appeals Guidance for Parents before completing the form.
When completed, the appeal form should be returned to:
Northumberland County Council
Appeal forms for voluntary aided schools should be returned to the
Governing Body of the school.
Appeals are heard by an independent panel. A decision by an appeal
committee whether or not to offer a school place is binding on the
admissions authority. If your appeal for a Northumberland
County Council community school is unsuccessful, you may not
appeal for the same school within one calendar year unless there
has been a material change in your circumstances.
Acceptance of a place at a school does not affect your right to
appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to
appeal for any of your preferences, it is wise to secure a place
for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is
unsuccessful. This is because secondary transfer appeals are
normally heard during the second half of the summer term. By this
time, there will be very few alternative schools which still have
vacancies. Northumberland County Council Local Authority
is always willing to discuss alternative schools with vacancies at
any stage in the process.
The acceptance of a place at an alternative school does not affect
your right of appeal.