Archdiocese of Liverpool
Department of Schools and Colleges

Appeals

Where a parent is unsuccessful in obtaining a place for their child at a school to which they have applied they have a legal right to appeal that decision.  This appeal is heard by an independent appeal panel. The Schools’ Department at the Archdiocese arranges admission appeals for primary and secondary schools for the following local authority areas:

Knowsley  -  All schools
Liverpool  -  With the exception of St Edward’s College and St Francis Xavier’s College
Sefton        -  With the exception of Maricourt Catholic High School
St Helens   -  With the exception of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, De La Salle
                        High School and St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School
Wigan         -  All schools

If you wish to appeal a decision regarding the offer of a school place please contact the Liverpool Archdiocese by completing the online form via this link.

For schools in Halton, Lancashire and Warrington, please contact your local authority regarding the appeals process.

For schools listed as ‘exceptions’ in the above list, please contact the school directly.

Appeals Timetable

Appeals for normal year of entry, i.e. Reception and Year 7, are arranged each year generally according to the following timetable.  The dates may vary depending on whether the offer date falls on a weekend and may also differ slightly from those given by each of the Local Authorities:

Secondary offer date:         1 March
Appeals to be lodged by:    31 March
Appeals to be heard:           20 June

Primary Offer date:             18 April
Appeals to be lodged by:    17 May
Appeals to be heard by:      19 July

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is the later date.

In-year appeals
Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard on a date to be arranged within 30 school days of the appeal form being received by the Schools’ Department at the Archdiocese.

Frequently-asked Questions
A frequently-asked questions document can be accessed from this page.  Alternatively, further information on admissions and appeals can be obtained from the following officers:

Fran Coldicutt – Office Manager
0151 522 1071
f.coldicutt@rcaol.co.uk

Chris Williams – Deputy Director of Schools and Colleges
0151 522 1085 
c.williams@rcaol.co.uk 

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