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Appeal against a school place decision for schools within Bedford Borough

The arrangements relating to school admission appeals covering the Bedford area are set out below.

Admission appeals for all community and voluntary controlled Schools in the Bedford area, are arranged by the clerk to the appeal panel at Bedford Borough Council. The clerk also arranges and clerks appeals for academies (where a Service Level Agreement is in place), foundation and voluntary aided schools in the area indicated.

If you would like more information about the admission appeals process please see the guidance booklet below. You can also ring 01234 228905 or by email School.Appeals@bedford.gov.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

Transfer to upper/secondary school 2022

Parents of children due to transfer to Upper School (Year 9) or Secondary (year 7) in September 2022 will be sent a letter on Tuesday 1 March 2022 advising them of the school at which a place has been offered.

You can appeal against this decision if you have not been allocated a place at each of the schools you applied for.

Your appeal must be received by the deadline of Tuesday 29 March 2022. If your appeal is received after this date and cannot be added to an already scheduled hearing, it will be heard at a later date. Upper/Secondary School appeals have to be heard by Friday 17 June 2022 (within 40 school days after the deadline for appeals being lodged). If you would like to appeal online please use the online appeal form below.

You will receive email confirmation (or by letter if you have no email address) within 5 working days that your appeal has been received and we will write to you (by email) after Tuesday 29 March 2022 to tell you the date, time and venue of your appeal hearing. You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal hearing.

School admission appeal 

Guidance booklet (PDF)

Transfer to middle school and starting school - first admission to primary/lower school appeals 2022

Parents of children due to transfer to Middle School (Year 5) and children who are due to start primary/lower school in September 2022 will be sent a letter on Friday 19 April 2022 advising them of the school at which a place has been offered.

You can appeal against this decision if you have not been allocated a place at each of the schools you applied for.

Your appeal must be received by Wednesday 18 May 2022. If your appeal is received after this date and cannot be added to an already scheduled hearing, it will be heard at a later date. Middle school and primary/lower appeals have to be heard by Monday 20 July 2022 (within 40 school days after the deadline for appeals being lodged). If you would like to appeal online please use the online appeal form below.

You will receive email confirmation (or by letter if you have no email address) within 5 working days that your appeal has been received and we will write to you (by letter or email) after Wednesday 18 May 2022 to tell you the date, time and venue of your appeal hearing. You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal hearing.

School admission appeal 

Guidance booklet (PDF)

All other applications

If you have applied for a place in a year other than in the intake year (when children would normally start Lower, Middle or Upper School) and have not been offered a place, you can appeal against this decision. You will have been sent a letter advising you that a place cannot be offered at your preferred school(s).

The clerk will contact you to acknowledge that your appeal form has been received and will write to you in due course letting you know the date, time and venue of your appeal. You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal. We aim to hear all appeals within 30 school days.

Request a school in-year appeal

Guidance booklet (PDF)

If you have any questions on the appeal process please email School.Appeals@bedford.gov.uk

Equality questions monitoring form

Please find below a monitoring form for completion, this does not form part of the appeal process but it will help us to ensure that we are listening to the views of all sectors of our community.

Equality questions monitoring form  (Word)

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