You cannot lodge an appeal until you have applied for a place at your preferred school and received a refusal letter or email.

If your application for a school place has been refused, you will be informed in your outcome email or letter of your legal right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

You can submit your appeal form here or you can download the Year of entry school admission appeal application form.

If you have been offered a place at a school you do not want we suggest you arrange to visit the school. You may change your opinion of the school once you have spoken to staff, seen what the school does and addressed any specific concerns you may have about your child’s education.

This page tells you more about how to make an appeal and includes useful information on how to prepare for your appeal. Please download the School Admissions Appeal Booklet in Downloads for more information.

You may wish to ask for help from the Somerset Choice Advisor who you can contact on 01823 356903 or email You can find more information about this service at