Admissions and Appeals

The Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided School or Academy is the Admission Authority for the school and is therefore responsible for all admissions.  If a year group is oversubscribed – that is, there are more applications than places available – the governing body will apply the admissions criteria from the Admissions Policy, allocating places up to their Published Admission Number.

Parents/guardians of those refused places are then entitled to appeal against the Governing Body’s decision.


The Diocese of Peterborough Appeals Service hears appeals for all Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary Schools situated within the Diocese of Peterborough.

Admissions and appeals for Church of England Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools are the responsibility of the Local Authority within which the school is situated.

Please read the further information contained in the relevant document below and if you decide to appeal then fill in and return the following form relevant to the year group you are appealing for:

Infant class size appeals - Parent Guidance

Intake appeals - Parent Guidance

In-Year appeals - parent Guidance

Infant class sizes Notice of Appeal (years: reception, year 1 and year 2)

Ordinary Notice of Appeal (years 3 to 11)

The timetable for appeals for parents unsuccessful in obtaining a primary place at the school for September 2022 is as follows:
Following the National Offer Day on 19 April 2022, the deadline for lodging an on-time appeal is 18 May 2022 (5pm). The Appeal Clerk will send notification of the Hearing (Date and Time) and the Statement of Case to the Appellants, week commencing 6 June 2022. On time appeals will be heard by 8 July 2022. Spring/Summer 2022 appeals will take place either on Zoom or in-person at the diocesan offices in Northampton and Peterborough. Proposed appeal hearing dates are between 4-8 July 2022.  Decision letters will be sent within 5 working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances.


The Diocese of Peterborough Appeals Service hears appeals for the following schools: 

Please refer to the websites of these schools for information regarding appeals for these schools.

Appeals are heard by an independent Appeals Panel.  After receiving evidence from both the school and the parent/guardian, a decision is made by this Panel whether the governing body has to offer a place at the school.  Please note that appeals take about a month to be heard from receipt of the Notice of Appeal.

Please return the form to Alex Benoy, DBE Executive Administrator, at by by post to the Education Office at Bouverie court, Northampton.  If you have any queries please call the Education Office on 01604 887060.