Placing in schools appeal

Update on delays on placing appeals

Please accept our apologies if you have not heard back yet regarding your specific appeal.

All the teams involved in the school placement and appeals process have been working incredibly hard to place as many children as possible in their requested school and to plan appeals for unsuccessful requests.

Significant progress has been made in the past week in allocating places in schools and we will begin hearing outstanding appeals from Monday 3 July.

This is the first year when we have not been able to hold appeals earlier in the year. We will obviously look at any lessons that can be learned from the issues experienced this year.

Once again please accept our apologies for any distress this delay is causing for your family.

Appeal a refused school placing request

If your school placing request was turned down, you can appeal the decision. Your appeal will be heard by an independent appeal committee who will consider your request. If there is extra information that you want the appeal committee to know, you can send this to us after you have submitted your appeal request.

Appeal a turned down school placing request

Before you submit an appeal

You need to have received a decision letter from us before you can appeal. It is important that you submit your appeal within 28 days of receiving your letter. Please remember that you can only appeal once a year. 

Read about how to appeal on the Scottish Government website. 

After you submit an appeal 

After you have submitted the form, we will get in touch about the arrangements to have your appeal heard. We will tell you the date of your hearing once this has been arranged. 

Further information

Exclusions - Frequently Asked Questions

Information Sheet Other Stage Appeals 2021

Information Sheet - P1 and S1 Appeals 2023