School Admissions appeals

Independent Appeals Service - Covid-19

Please read the following information before lodging your appeal
Updated regulations and guidance have now been issued by the Department for Education, effective from the 24th April 2020. In complying with the regulations, the Independent Appeals Service for Hampshire Schools has established that the majority of its panel members do not have access to the electronic means required to adequately conduct hearings using video technology. The decision has therefore been made that all appeal hearings will be considered on written submissions only for the time that these regulations are in force. Hearing appeals in this way should also enable the IAS to hear all appeals for September 2020 places before the commencement of the new academic year, wherever possible.

You can therefore continue to lodge your appeal as normal. Further details about the format of the hearing and amended timescales for when your appeal will be considered will be sent to parents/guardians directly once agreed. This communication will also include further guidance on how to submit additional evidence in support of your appeal.

If you have a disability which would cause you difficulty in making a written submission please let us know and we will consider what assistance or alternative arrangements may be available.

Due to the decreased level of staff within the Appeals Service and the increase in those working outside of the office, please could we ask you to direct any queries via email to

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.