1. Unsuccessful application

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. 

We will ensure that there is a school place available for all Oldham residents.

If we cannot offer you a place at any of the schools requested we will offer you a place at the nearest school to your home address which still has vacant places.

Waiting lists

If you are refused admission to any of the school's you applied to we will put you on their waiting lists.

You can also ask to be put on the waiting list of any other school.


If you are refused admission to a school you are allowed to appeal the decision.

Choice vs. preference

Promises of more parental choice have encouraged some parents to believe that they have the right both to choose a school and have that choice met. This is not the case.

The law on admissions gives parents the right to express a preference for a school. It does not use the word choice.