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Local authorities (LAs) have the power to direct the admission authority of a school to admit a child, where the child:
When an LA has decided to direct a school to admit a pupil, the governing body of the school can appeal in writing by referring the case to the schools adjudicator.
In the case of a looked-after child, an appeal can only be made on the grounds that the admission of the child to the school would seriously prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.
The admission authority of the school must write to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator with reasons why it feels the LA direction should not be made.
A copy of the notice from the LA and any other information considered relevant must be included with the appeal.
For looked-after children, the appeal must be submitted within seven days.
For all other cases, the appeal needs to be submitted within 15 days.
Please note: these timescales are actual days - not working days - and include weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.
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The school admissions code of practice and appeals code.
Advice and guidance on applying for a school place.