Archdiocese of Liverpool
Department of Education

Appeals

We will continue to accept requests for appeals but .  We appreciate your patience at what is a very busy time for our staff.

To Submit an Appeal

School appeals should be submitted online via our website wherever possible, by completing the form at: http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/education/Appealing-For-A-School-Place.  

If this is not possible please send an email to aes@rcaol.org.uk to include your name, address, telephone number and the school for which you wish to appeal and we will issue a form to you via email.
 

If neither of the above is possible please call 0151 522 1071 and leave a message.  We will contact you as soon as possible but there may be a delay in doing so.
 

Please note that the Archdiocesan Office is closed until further notice.
 

General Enquiries on School Admissions

Please email aes@rcaol.org.uk and we will respond as soon as is possible.



General Information
Where a parent is unsuccessful in obtaining a place for their child at a school to which they have applied they have a legal right to appeal that decision.  This appeal is heard by an independent appeal panel. The Education Department at the Archdiocese arranges admission appeals for primary and secondary schools for the following local authority areas:


Knowsley  -  All schools
Liverpool  -  With the exception of St Edward’s College
Sefton        -  With the exception of Maricourt Catholic High School
St Helens   -  With the exception of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, De La Salle
                       High School and St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School
Wigan         -  All schools

If you wish to appeal a decision regarding the offer of a school place please contact the Liverpool Archdiocese by completing the online form via this link.

For schools in Halton, Lancashire and Warrington, please contact your local authority regarding the appeals process.

For schools listed as ‘exceptions’ in the above list, please contact the school directly.

Appeals Timetable

Appeals for normal year of entry, i.e. Reception and Year 7, are arranged each year generally according to the following timetable.  Please note some changes will be applied for 2020 admissions given the impact of the COVID19 public health challenge and are subject to change.  The dates may vary depending on whether the offer date falls on a weekend and may also differ slightly from those given by each of the Local Authorities:

Secondary offer date:          1 March
Appeals to be lodged by:    30 March
Appeals to be heard:           18 June or as soon thereafter

Primary Offer date:              16 April
Appeals to be lodged by:    15 May for 2020 admissions only
Appeals to be heard by:      13 July or as soon thereafter

Appeals will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable following the appeal deadline.

In-year appeals
Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications will be heard on a date to be arranged within 30 school days of the appeal form being received by the Education Department at the Archdiocese or presently as soon as thereafter given the implications of the COVID19 public health challenge.

Frequently-asked Questions
A frequently-asked questions document can be accessed from this page.  Alternatively, further information on admissions and appeals can be obtained from the following officers:

Fran Coldicutt – Office Manager
0151 522 1071
f.coldicutt@rcaol.org.uk

Chris Williams – Deputy Director of Education
0151 522 1085 
c.williams@rcaol.org.uk 

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