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The Government has introduced a 3-tier Coronavirus set of rules for England – Medium, High and Very High. Oldham is in the Very High tier.

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Coronavirus: Temporary changes to school admission appeals

Unfortunately, we have had to make changes to the school admissions appeals process. 

This is due to the current school closures and because face to face hearings are not permissible under the government guidelines on social distancing. 

Although most children are able to attend their parents’ preferred school, this is not always possible.

In some cases, schools are full to the maximum capacity and admitting extra pupils would be detrimental to efficient education and use of resources.  In these circumstances, the admission authority is unable to admit further pupils.

Under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, if you are refused admission to a school, you have the right to submit an appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.

If you want to appeal about more than one school that you have applied for and been refused admission to you will need to appeal separately about each decision. However, you may only appeal for any school once each school year unless there has been a significant change in your circumstances.

At the Appeal Hearing you are given the opportunity to explain to a panel of people who are independent of the school and the Local Authority why you wish your child to go to your preferred school.

How to submit an appeal

Any written evidence that you wish to use to support your case should be submitted to the Appeal Panel before the hearing.

It is important that you tell the Independent Appeal Panel all the reasons why you want your child to attend your preferred school.

If you are making your appeal on medical grounds, you must submit medical evidence from your doctor or hospital to support your case.

This evidence must clearly demonstrate that the school you are appealing for is the only school that can meet the medical needs of your or your child and why alternative schools that have been offered cannot meet those needs.

Documentary evidence

If you have any documentary evidence to support your appeal send a copy with your appeal form to:

Oldham Council
School Appeals
Level 4, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham OL1 1UL

Appeal form

  • Appeal form (.pdf)  Years 3 to 11 - Use this form for appeals unless infant class legislation applies. Year 3 to 11.
  • Infant class size appeal form (.pdf) Reception and years 1 & 2 - Use this form if infant class size legislation applies (Contact your school to find out if this is the case)

Appeal dates - Secondary school admissions 2021

  • Appeal form available 1 March 2021
  • Closing date to submit appeal form 16 April 2021
  • Last date for appeal hearings 9 July 2021

Appeal dates - Primary school admissions 2021

  • Appeal form available 16 April 2021
  • Closing date to submit appeal form 7 May 2021
  • Last date for appeal hearings 9 July 2021

Non-Oldham schools

If you wish to appeal for a school that is not in Oldham, please contact the Local Authority in which the school is located for information on their appeals process.