If a school is unable to offer your child a place, you'll be given the opportunity to make an appeal to an independent appeals committee. The independent appeals committee will make a final decision on the matter. You'll have the opportunity to put your own case to the appeals committee, if you want.
Full details of how to make an appeal will be sent to you if your request for a place at a particular school can't be met.
Appeals for places at academies, foundation schools, and Roman Catholic schools should be made directly to the school concerned. Please contact the school directly for their appeal procedure.
Appeals for community school places should be made to Middlesbrough Council. A community school is any school other than the ones listed above. Please contact the School Admissions Team for an appeal form.
You can only appeal once for an academic year for a particular school, unless there is a significant change of circumstances, e.g. a change of address.
The appeals process
Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals is available via GOV.UK. It gives easy to understand information on all aspects of the appeal process, including what happens at the hearing, who makes the decisions, what happens after the appeal hearing, and information on infant class size appeals.
You can also get support and guidance on appeals from our Choice Advice Service.
In 2020, appeals for admission to reception class were held at the following primary schools: Abingdon, Acklam Whin, Newham Bridge, Sacred Heart, St Josephs, Whinney Banks.
In 2020, appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held at the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King’s Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam, Trinity Catholic College.
In 2019, appeals for admission to reception class were held at the following primary schools: Acklam Whin, Archibald, Ayresome, Green Lane, Linthorpe, Newport, Sacred Heart, St Clares, St Bernadettes, St Edwards, St Josephs.
In 2019, appeals for admissions to Year 7 classes were held at the following secondary schools: Acklam Grange, Macmillan, The King’s Academy, Outwood Academy Acklam, Trinity Catholic College.
To see the number of appeals made for the above schools, and the number of successful appeals, please check the School Admissions Guide for Parents booklet for the relevant year. The Guide gives statistical information about the school intakes for the previous year.