Admissions Appeals

Year 7 Entry Admission Appeals: If you have applied for a place as part of the secondary transfer process, or by completing an in-year admission form and it has not been possible to offer you a place, you do have the right of appeal. You can lodge an appeal as follows:


Hertfordshire residents 

Hertfordshire parents can access the online appeals system via their admissions account. 

Out of county residents

Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper can use Hertfordshire County Council’s online appeals system to lodge an appeal. Parents will need to contact Hertfordshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to obtain their registration details to gain access to the online system. 

Please find the Hertfordshire Local Authority School Appeals page by clicking here 


St Mary’s Catholic School uses the Hertfordshire Local Authority Appeals Service to hear its appeals. The team carries out the necessary administration, sets up the independent appeal panels and arranges clerking on our behalf. All correspondence relating to an appeal hearing should be sent to the Appeals Team. 

Appeals resulting from secondary transfer applications for admission in September 2022 will be heard according to the following timetable: 

March 2022 (exact date to be confirmed)

Last date to register an appeal.


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


  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.


  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing




School appeals take place (to be advised)


Additional supporting information

If you wish to provide any supporting evidence after lodging an appeal, you will need to get that to the Appeals Team at least 7 working days before your hearing, (not counting the day of postage or the hearing date). Please remember that any confidential medical/social evidence submitted to the Admission Authority (AA) in support of the application will not be provided to an appeal panel. If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal you will need to submit this documentation to the Appeals Team. If the appellant has a short document (like a doctor’s letter which was not previously available), this will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.


For a full timetable regarding timings for admissions please visit 


In-Year Appeals 

An appeal can be lodged using the Hertfordshire Local Authority appeals online system accessed via, once an in-year application form has been received by the school and the school has advised the Local Authority of the application.

Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


Please find the Hertfordshire Local Authority School Appeals page by clicking here 


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