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Appeals procedure

If a school cannot offer your child a place, you'll have the opportunity to appeal against the decision. An independent appeals committee will make a final decision on the matter. You'll have the opportunity to put forward your own case if you want.

You'll be sent full details of how to make an appeal if any of your preferred schools cannot offer your child a place.

Appeals for places at academies, foundation schools, and Roman Catholic schools should be made directly to the school concerned. Please contact the school for their appeals procedure.

Appeals for community school places should be made to Middlesbrough Council. A community school is any school other than the ones listed above. Please contact the School Admissions Team for an appeal form.

You can only appeal once per academic year for a particular school, unless there is a significant change of circumstances, for example you move house.

More information about the appeals process

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Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals is available on GOV.UK. It gives clear, simple information on all aspects of the appeal process, including:

  • what happens at the hearing
  • who makes the decisions
  • what happens after the appeal hearing
  • information on infant class size appeals

You can also get support and guidance on appeals from our Choice Advice Service.

Previous appeals

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Check the school admissions guide for parents booklet to see the number of appeals made at the schools below, and the number of successful appeals. The guide gives statistics about school intakes for the previous year, for example appeals for 2021 are listed in the 2022/2023 booklet.

Appeals are also made for in-year transfers every year to schools which are oversubscribed.

2023

Appeals for admission to reception class were held for the following primary schools: Acklam Whin, Marton Manor, Pennyman, Rose Wood, and Sacred Heart.

Appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held for the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King's Academy, and Outwood Academy Riverside.

2022

Appeals for admission to reception class were held for the following primary schools: Caldicotes, Acklam Whin, Lingfield, Linthorpe, Marton Manor.

Appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held for the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King's Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam.

2021

Appeals for admission to reception class were held for the following primary schools: Caldicotes, Sacred Heart, St. Clare's, St. Edward's, St. Joseph's.

Appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held for the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King’s Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam, Trinity Catholic College.

2020

Appeals for admission to reception class were held for the following primary schools: Abingdon, Acklam Whin, Newham Bridge, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph's, Whinney Banks.

Appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held for the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King’s Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam, Trinity Catholic College.

2019

Appeals for admission to reception class were held for the following primary schools: Acklam Whin, Archibald, Ayresome, Green Lane, Linthorpe, Newport, Sacred Heart, St. Clare's, St. Bernadette's, St. Edward's, St. Joseph's.

Appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held for the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King’s Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam, Trinity Catholic College.