CHS South has chosen to be part of the Manchester Local Authority Coordinated Admissions Scheme. This means that Manchester Local Authority coordinates all applications for admissions to CHS South

The Independent School Appeals Service manages the appeals process for CHS South through agreement with our Trust Board.

The Independent School Appeals Service ensures that all appeals lodged by the appropriate deadline are heard in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code within the timescales outlined below:

a) For applications made in the normal admission round, i.e. those applicants who receive an offer of a secondary school place for Year 7 for September 2018 on the 1st March 2018, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

b) For late applications, i.e. those applicants whose application was received after the national closing date for secondary applications and who receive an offer of a secondary school place for September 2018, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

A “school day” is defined as any day in which a school is in session. This means that all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays are not counted when determining the timetables for the appeals process.

School Admission Appeals in Manchester

If you want to make an admission appeal, please complete the online admission appeal form from the Manchester LA Admissions website,

You may also download a paper copy of the Admissions Appeal Form which should be returned to the Independent School Appeals Service at the address below.

Independent School Appeals Service,

PO Box 532,

Town Hall,


M60 2LA.

Telephone: 0161 234 3038

Fax: 0161 274 7017

Email: [email protected]


Timetable for Secondary School Admission Appeals (September 2018 entry)



1st March 2018

National Secondary Offer Date

Offer letters sent to parents who applied on time using Royal Mail by 2nd class post, and by email when a parent has applied online and requested notification by email. 1st March 2018 counts as school day one in the timeline.

29th March 2018

Deadline for parents to lodge an appeal. At least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal.

30th March - 15th April 2018


1st May – 15th June 2018

Secondary Schools Admission Appeals 

Appellants will receive at least 10 school days notice of their appeal hearing. Appellants will be allowed to submit additional evidence to the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, up to five school days before the appeal.

19th June 2018

40 schools days from the deadline for lodging an appeal and the last day by which 'on time' appeals must be heard.

Appeal Timeline for Late and 'In-Year' Applications



Offer received

Following the receipt of an offer of a school place, parents have the right to appeal for a place at a school where they have been refused a place in writing.

Appeal lodged

Upon the receipt of a completed appeal form, the appellant will be sent a letter of acknowledgement within 10 school days.

Appeal date assigned

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will assign the appeal date, which will be within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. The appellant will be sent a letter confirming this date 10 school days prior to the hearing date.

Appeal paperwork dispatched

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will send the appellant a copy of the appeals statement approximately one week prior to the appeal hearing date.

Appeal hearing

The admission appeal will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel.

Decision letter

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel, who clerks the admission appeal, will be responsible for sending a decision letter to parents within 5 school days.

Complaints about an Academy Independent Admission Appeal panel

If you wish to make a complaint regarding independent Admission Appeal panels then you should do so via the Education Funding Agency (EFA). You can download the Factsheet regarding this process below.

Admissions Appeal

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