London Borough of Barnet

Appeals for community schools

If your child has not been offered a place at a Barnet community school for which you applied this is because more children wanted to go to these schools than there are places available. Your application has been considered using the published oversubscription criteria (full details of the criteria are available in our Primary and Secondary school brochures).

Please note that the appeal hearings for community schools take place at Hendon Town Hall, not North London Business Park.

Appealing for a place during the middle of the academic year (in-year admissions)

You will be posted notification of the outcome of your application approximately three weeks after submitting the form. Appeal hearings are held every few weeks throughout the academic year (term-time only) and your hearing will take place within 30 school days of an appeal being lodged. You can submit in-year appeal requests online. Below is the proposed schedule for the appeal hearings but it should be noted that these dates are subject to change.

Autumn 2014

  • Thursday 11 September 2014
  • Tuesday 16 September 2014
  • Friday 19 September 2014
  • Wednesday 24 September 2014
  • Monday 6 October 2014
  • Thursday 16 October 2014
  • Wednesday 22 October 2014
  • Thursday 6 November 2014
  • Monday 17 November 2014
  • Tuesday 25 November 2014
  • Tuesday 9 December 2014
  • Wednesday 17 December 2014

Spring 2015

  • Tuesday 13 January 2015
  • Thursday 22 January 2015
  • Thursday 05 February 2015
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015
  • Tuesday 10 March 2015
  • Wednesday 18 March 2015
  • Thursday 26 March 2015

Appealing for a place at Reception class stage

You will be posted notification of the outcome of your application on 16 April. Your outcome letter will include further information about how to appeal; you can submit your appeal request online.

Although there is a right of appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at a school of your preference, the grounds for appealing are very restricted because infant class sizes must not exceed 30.

An appeal panel can only allow an appeal in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 if it is satisfied that, either:

a) the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

b) the child would have been offered a place if the school's admission arrangements had been properly implemented.

Appeals will not be heard until all available places at any school have been offered and accepted. Appeals for community primary schools are normally held in the first week of July.

Appealing for a place at secondary transfer stage (Year 7)

You will be posted notification of the outcome of your application on 1 March (or if 1 March falls on a weekend we will post the notification on the first business day after that date), if you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools you have a legal right of appeal. Your outcome letter will include further information about how to appeal; you cannot submit your appeal request online.

Please note that there is only one Community School at secondary level, Friern Barnet School, and any appeals are likely to be held in June 2015. For all other secondary schools information about the appeals process will be available from the clerk to the governors at the relevant school.