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Advice on registering for Year 7 Appeal for September 2023

Important Dates:

  • Appeals Registration Forms can be requested from the Admissions Officer by emailing after 1st March 2023 - please note the school will be closed for the Easter holidays from 3rd – 14th April inclusive, therefore it would be advisable to request your appeal pack where possible before the Easter break.
  • Deadline to submit appeals registration form back to Denmark Road High School: Wednesday 26th April 2023 (3pm) 
  • Deadline for submitting any additional paperwork: Friday 5th May 2023 (12 noon)
  • Dates of Appeal Hearings: Denmark Road High School Appeal hearings will take place between May and July (final details to be confirmed 10 days before)

Please note that the admissions test itself is designed, set, marked and administered externally by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), based at Durham University.  As such, Denmark Road High School hold very little information on individual test scores.  However, if your child has not achieved a qualifying standard and you require confirmation of your child’s ‘ranking’ in the results for Denmark Road High School we can provide this; please email your request to giving your child’s full name and date of birth.  We would be grateful if you could avoid telephoning the Admissions Office at this very busy time; we will endeavour to answer all email enquiries within 5 school days.

Before launching an appeal for your child to have a place at Denmark Road High School, we would urge you to consider whether you have grounds for appeal that go beyond suggesting that your child (like many others) would benefit from a Denmark Road High School education.  Our admissions criteria and, based upon experience, the independent Admissions Appeal Panel have not given weight in their reported deliberations to factors such as the nearness to school, travel arrangements, sibling links, the fact that a child would contribute to a great deal to the school (academically, musically, in sporting or other arenas), family or child upset at not getting a place, negatives you perceive about the alternative school allocated.  Very few appeals are successful.  In the end, however, it must be your decision.  One of the main concerns at Appeal is whether the admissions process has been conducted in a reasonable way, in line with the admissions policy or whether there has been a significant flaw in procedure that would have changed the outcome of allocation of places.