How to appeal against Merton Council's decision not to grant a place for a child at the community school of your choice.

This information relates to Merton community schools only. If you wish to appeal for a place at a voluntary aided (faith) school, free school, academy, or a school in another borough, you will need to contact the school directly for more information on their appeals process.

Appeals timetable 2019

Type of schoolOffer Date Deadline for appeal submission Deadline for appeal to be heard

1 March 2019

29 March 2019

18 June 2019


16 April 2019

21 May 2019

23 July 2019

  • Appeals received before the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline.
  • Appeals received after the deadline should be heard within 40 days of deadline if possible or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • Appeals for In-Year admissions must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In all cases:

  • Appellants will be given at least 10 days notice of the date of their appeal.
  • Appeal papers will be sent to appellants and panel members 5 school days before the appeal.
  • Appellants may submit additional information before their appeal, preferably to arrive 5 school days before the appeal.
  • Letters informing appellants of the decision of the panel will be sent out within 5 school days of the appeal (where possible).

Appeal forms

This appeal form is for Merton community and voluntary controlled schools only. If you wish to appeal for any other school, you will need to contact them for further information on their appeals process.

School admission appeal form

If you are unable to do this online, please contact School Admissions for a paper form.

Please do not use this form unless you have received the outcome of an application - if you have not yet made an application, please refer to the main School Admissions pages of this website for further information.

Supporting documents

If there is any evidence or supporting documents that you would like considered with your appeal, please can you either scan and email to School Admissions or post copies to School Admissions. Please note that documents received less than five days before the appeal or produced on the day of the appeal, may not be considered or may cause the appeal to be rescheduled so that the evidence can be fully understood.

Frequently asked questions

Read the frequently asked questions about appeals


Appeal Information Leaflet

Advice from other organisations

The Department for Education also offer advice regarding appeals on school admission pages of their website

The Coram Children’s Legal Centre offers free legal advice on family, child and education law including advice on school admission appeals and exclusions. The service provides online access to legal factsheets, a virtual assistant to help you find relevant guidance, web-chat advice with a legally trained advisor (9am to 6pm Monday to Friday), and telephone advice (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday). You can phone for free on 08088 020 008.