About the Appeal Process

If you have been refused a place at Peacehaven Community School you have the right to have your case considered by an independent appeal panel. Please fill in the ESCC on-line form here or alternatively you can send in your appeal with supporting documentation to:

Hannah Matthews 
School Appeals Manager 
Governance & Community Services Department 
East Sussex County Council 
St Anne’s Crescent 
Lewes BN7 1SW 

Tel: 01273 482290

Deadline for submitting appeals and supporting documentation

Decisions will be released on Friday 1st March 2024.

Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2024).

Appeals deadline - Thursday 28th March 2024.

You have 25 school days to submit an appeal from the date of the refusal of a school place.

Timing of appeal hearings

Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2024):
Appeals are to be heard throughout May and up to Tuesday 18th June 2024.

In-Year Appeals: Within 30 school days of receipt.

Notification of date, time and venue for appeal hearings

A letter will be sent giving details of when your appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel. You will be given 10 days’ notice unless you have agreed to a shorter notice period.

Deadline for additional evidence to be submitted

All your evidence supporting your case should be sent when making the appeal. However it is possible to send extra evidence up to 7 working days before the hearing (please send this directly to the School Appeals Manager at the ESCC address above). Additional evidence received after this deadline, or brought to the appeal panel on the day will be considered only at the discretion of the independent appeal panel. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes lead to the hearing being adjourned, or even to it being postponed to another day.

Decision letters

A decision letter will normally be sent within 5 school days of the appeal hearing and will set out the reasons for the panel’s decision. 

Please note that it can take longer at busy times.