Education Appeals

Appeals Timetable

Education Admission Appeals - 2019/20 academic year

Under the School Admission Appeals Code, which came into force on 1 February 2012, Admission Authorities must publish an appeals timetable no later than 28 February each year. Below is a guide to the dates and deadlines admission appeals for the 2019/20 academic year are scheduled (however it is emphasised that the dates are indicative and may be subject to minor amendment).

Secondary Schools

  • Letters will be dispatched to parents including their “offer” for which school their children will attend on Friday, 1 March 2019.
  • The deadline for parents to lodge an appeal against refusal of admission to a school will be 20 school days after the issue of the “offer” letters. This being Thursday, 28 March 2019.
  • Any appeals lodged within this deadline must be heard 40 school days from Thursday, 28 March 2019, although the appeals code states that parents must also be given a minimum of 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing date. On this basis, it is planned for appeal hearings to start the week commencing Monday, 29 April 2019 with on time appeal applications being concluded by Monday, 17 June 2019.

Primary Schools

  • Letters will be dispatched to parents including their “offer” for which school their children will attend on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.
  • The deadline for parents to lodge an appeal against the refusal of admission to a school will be 20 school days after the issue of the “offer” letters. This being Tuesday, 21 May 2019.
  • Any appeals lodged within this deadline must be heard 40 school days from Tuesday, 21 May 2019, although the appeals code states that parents must also be given a minimum of 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing date. On this basis, it is planned for appeal hearings to start week commencing Tuesday, 11 June 2019 with on time appeal applications being concluded by Tuesday, 23 July 2019.
  • In regard to appeal requests that have not been submitted by the deadline, every effort will be made to incorporate them among the other appeals for that school and they should be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals where this is possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged (whichever is the later).
  • Applications for an appeal “in year” will be arranged within 30 school days.