If you have not been offered a place at The Petchey Academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel.  This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority.

If you wish to appeal, please click here to complete your appeal online.

It is suggested that you download the explanatory leaflet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form.  

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

Depending on the situation at the time, your appeal could be heard online instead of a face to face meeting at the school.  Full details will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk regarding your appeal please email :

Appeal timetable for September 2021 intake


Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2021 

4pm on Tuesday 30 March 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2021.   You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. 

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the school. Monday 24th May 2021, early morning
Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on Monday 24th May 2021, early morning
Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.
Any additional  supporting evidence Monday 17 May 2021. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies. These should be sent to PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.
Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 2 weeks after the last hearing for the school.

Appeals for In-year Applications

If you wish to appeal the refusal of an In-year Academy place, you must do so within 20 school days following receipt of your letter of refusal. 

You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.

Parents attending appeal hearings are advised to read the booklet by clicking the link below.

Appeals for Sixth Form 2021

If you wish to appeal refusal of a place in our Sixth Form, you must do so by

4pm on Wednesday 2nd September 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage, e.g. a copy of your results sheet. 

Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible.

Click here for the Sixth Form appeals form.

For further information please call 020 7275 1581 to speak with our Admissions Officer.