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Year 7 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 

Please access the online appeals system via the Hertfordshire Admissions account by clicking here

  • Out of county residents or paper applicants

Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper can use Hertfordshire County Council’s online appeals system to lodge an appeal. Please 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 access the Hertfordshire Local Authority School Appeals page by clicking here 


 Appeal Hearings

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 2023 submit your appeal by 4pm on 29 March 2023. 


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.