Appeal a decision about your child's school place

Attending the appeal

We will let you know the date, time and place of your appeal at least 10 days before it happens.

Most appeals are held virtually, but they can be held in person if needed.

If we don't hear from you, we will assume that you can attend on the date and time given to you.

If you can't attend at that time, please contact us on 0191 424 7706 / 7767 as soon as possible.

There is no guarantee that we will be able to change the date of your appeal.

What happens on the day of your appeal

Appeals are heard in private, and all papers and discussions are confidential.

A representative of the Council on Tribunals can attend to observe.

To make sure everyone has their say, we follow an order of speaking. This will be sent to you with your papers before the appeal.

If you cannot come to the appeal, the panel will make a decision based on the written papers you have sent them.

If you tell us that you will attend but don't turn up, the panel can hear the appeal in your absence.