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Appealing for a School Place in Tameside - Guidance for Parents/Guardians

Coronavirus Outbreak – School Admission Appeals

Government is currently considering how the appeals process will need to be adapted in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.  It is possible that current procedures and timescales will need to be altered, which may require a change in the law.  As soon as we receive any further information, we will post it here.  In the meantime, please accept our apologies for the uncertainty around what will happen; we appreciate how unsettling this may be.

If you do not get your preferred school, and you think there are important reasons why your child should go there, you can appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel. 

The members of the Appeal Panel are totally independent and will not have any connection with either the Council or the school you have applied for. If they decide you have a good case, in certain circumstances, they can give you a place.

We can help if the school is in Tameside.  If the school is not in Tameside, then appeal to the school's local council – even if you applied on Tameside’s online form and we’ve written to say you didn’t get in.

Complete the form for each school place offer you want to appeal about.

You can only appeal about a place at a school you have applied for after you have been refused a place in writing. 

You can also only appeal for a place that was a higher preference on your original application than the place you have now been given.

Your child has to attend school, so they should take the place they have been offered while your appeal is dealt with.

There are different rules depending on the age of your child.



​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2019 entry, this includes in-year transfers.

School​ type

Offer date​

Appeals to be lodged by

Appeals to be heard by
(within 40 school days)


02 March 2020

27 March 2020

22 June 2020


16 April 2020

08 May 2020

17 July 2020

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or within 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

You'll be sent notification of your app​eal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.​

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must ensure that we receive it at least 3 working days before the hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The appeal panel will then decide whether it should be considered, taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.

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What if I Have any Other Queries?

School Appeals (Democratic Services)

Telephone Number0161 342 2316 or 0161 342 8355


Parent Partnership Service

Telephone Number0161 342 3383

The Local Government

P.O Box 4771
tel: 0300 061 0614 / 0845 602 1983
fax: 024 7682 0001

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