School admission appeals

Infant class size appeals

Government regulations limit the size of an infant class (reception, year 1 and year 2) with one teacher to 30 pupils. We can refuse to give a child a place, if it would take a class over 30 pupils and cause 'class size prejudice'. Only in very limited circumstances, can admission over the limit be permitted.

When considering appeal, you need to be aware that appeals can only be upheld on these limited grounds and therefore the panel has very little scope to uphold your appeal. Your personal reasons for wanting the school, however strong, cannot be taken into account unless any of the above circumstances apply.

In all other cases, the appeal must be dismissed.

Please bear this in mind when considering appeal, or continuing with your hearing, as parents often find it frustrating when they realise the limited powers of the panel.

See section 4 of our guidance for parents (PDF 417.5KB) for further information.