Delaying your child starting school - appeals and complaints

​If your application for delay is turned down and your child is not offered a place at the school of your choice, you will be eligible to appeal this decision. Find out more about this.

An appeal is a formal process with a panel which includes independent members. You will be allowed to bring all of your evidence before the board.

You will be able to have someone there to support you and all of the evidence from both sides will be sent out ahead of the hearing so that you can build your argument ahead of the appeal.

If your application for a delay has been refused but your child has been offered a place at the school in a different year, you will only have the right to complain to the local government ombudsman rather than appeal.

Unlike an appeal, a complaint is unlikely to see any change in the decision made, but it will mean that the admission authority will have to consider the complaint when they review their procedures.

Every education authority will have its own procedures for appeals and complaints, which you should be able to find on their website.

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