Coombe Wood School

Appeals - Frequently Asked Questions



What is an appeal?

By law if your child is not offered a place you have the right to appeal against the decision to an Independent body.  

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 the 180 places are allocated according to the determined admissions arrangements.

For further information regarding Appeals Hearings and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Pane please click on the link below to read a Department for Education paper on the Appeals process and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. 

Advice for Clerks & Appeal Panels on School Admissions

The decision of the Appeals Panel is final and binding.

Information on the appeals process can be found at:

School Admission Appeals Code 2012



How do I proceed with making an appeal?

There is an Appeals section on the school website where you can download the  Appeal Against Admission form and read all the information concerning the procedure.

Does the school hold any place back for upheld appeals?

No, if an appeal is upheld the place will be offered over and above the number already offered.

If I appeal, will it change my place on the waiting list?


I know of children who live further away from my home that attend this school, why has my child not been offered a place?

How far we are able to offer on distance depends on the criteria they were considered under. Please see our criteria below and also stated in our Admissions Arrangements on our website.

  1. Looked after child

  2. Exceptional social needs

  3. Feeder school

  4. Sibling

  5. Child of permanent staff

  6. Distance

  7. 18 places are allocated to top 18 scorers from Health Related Fitness 


You are my closest school, I can't understand why my child has not been offered a place?

If your child has been considered under the distance criterion you must live further than we were able to offer. (in 2021 the furthest distance was 0.643 details for 2022 TBC)

My child has a cousin attending the school, are they considered under the sibling criterion?

Cousins are not considered siblings. Siblings are defined as those living at the same address Monday-Friday at time of enrolment and consist of brother or sister, half brother or sister, fostered brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or half brother or sister

I put you down as my 1st preference but have not been offered a place, but my friend put you down as a lower preference and has been offered a place; why? 

Schools are not allowed to know the preference where they have been placed on the common application form, only the LA are aware of this.  All applicants are considered under the school’s published Admissions criteria. If 2 or more schools can offer the child a place then the local authority will look at the preferences and offer places to the highest preference school. 

If your child is unsuccessful in being offered a place on National Offers Day due to being allocated a lower preference than Coombe Wood, they will automatically be placed on our waiting list with Croydon Council Admissions.

My child has not been offered any of the schools we applied for and the LA have given us a school that is too far for him/her to travel. 

Unfortunately, this indicates that you have not met the distance criteria of all the schools that you applied to attend. They were unable to accommodate your child as others that lived closer would have been offered the places that were available. There are limited places available at each school and unfortunately places cannot be offered to all pupils who are within walking distance to the school. It is the LA’s responsibility to ensure that every child has a school place and will therefore offer a school that has a vacancy.  

The school my child has been offered will be a difficult journey for them; is this taken into consideration?

Journey time is not taken into consideration. If we took all such matters into consideration for every child, we would not be able to apply the admissions criteria fairly and without discrimination. 

I have to work and my family member/friend who has children attending this school has agreed to take my child and pick them up drop off and pickups, do you take this into consideration? 

We are unable to take such matters into consideration. We have set admissions criteria to ensure every child an equal opportunity.