Coombe Wood School


Transfer to Secondary School  - Year 7  September 2021  

After National Offer Day on 1 March 2021 you will have received a communication from your home Local Authority regarding an offer of a Secondary School place. If you have been unsuccessful in being offered a place at Coombe Wood School you have the right of appeal. Please ensure you made a valid application by listing Coombe Wood School on your Common Application Form (CAF). 

 Before completing the form, please also ensure that you have received emailed/written notification from the Local Authority that your child has not been offered a place at Coombe Wood School.

To lodge an Appeal please download the Appeal Against Admissions form and return to the school along with your supporting documentation by 30 April 2021 to allow all Transfer to Secondary Appeals to be heard in the same week week commencing 28 June 2021. 

In accordance with the School Admissions Code issued by the Department for Education, Coombe Wood School is required to abide by our Admissions Arrangements, which detail the over-subscription criteria used to allocate places.  Whilst you have every right to appeal, please think very carefully about the decision to appeal and the realistic chances of a successful appeal.  A place cannot be offered to your child over and above those applicants who came higher on the waiting list when applying the over-subscription criteria. ALL of our 180 places are allocated according to the determined admissions arrangements;

Coombe Wood School is not permitted to keep back any places for appeals.

 You can download an Appeals form here;

Appeal Against Admission Form

Please make every effort to send documents to support your appeal at the same time.

Please send your documentation by email to or you can post to The Clerk to the Appeals Panel, C/O  Coombe Wood School, 30 Melville Avenue, South Croydon CR2 7HY.

Any supporting documentation should be submitted at least  7 days before the appeal hearing, as the Appeal Panel may have insufficient time to consider any paperwork brought in on the day of the hearing.   

Notice of the Appeal Hearing - you will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 days school notice of when your appeal will be heard. These are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent of the school, and he/she will appoint an independent Appeals Panel to hear the formal appeals.  

Notification of the decision  of the appeal hearing, which is final and binding, will be sent in writing by the Clerk of the Appeals Panel within 5 school days of the appeals hearing , wherever possible. 

Mid-Term (or in-year) Admission Appeals

Please contact the school in writing to request an Appeals form.  This is to be returned to the School by the date specified on the covering letter and marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

The date of your Appeal Hearing will be communicated to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. 

Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 2 weeks before the appeal hearing, or brought in on the day, may not be considered by the panel.

Your Appeals Hearing will take place no more than 30 schools days after lodging your Mid-Term Appeal. The outcome of your appeal hearing will be communicated back to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).

The decision of the Appeals Panel is final and binding.