If you have been offered a Dudley School you are not required to accept this. The school offered will contact you at a later date. If you have been offered a school outside Dudley Authority, please contact the relevant Authority.
We recommend you seriously consider the implications of your child being without a school place. If you have obtained a school elsewhere, please advise the admissions service. All refusals must be in writing.
If you refuse the school offered, please also consider the fact that this school may not be available at a later stage. Accepting this place will not affect any waiting list positions or be prejudicial to any appeal you may lodge.
Please note that we do not hold all waiting lists for all Dudley Schools. If you are a Dudley resident the letter the Admissions Service sends will advise you on what you need to do. If you reside outside the Dudley Local authority please contact the Admissions Service.
You can request to go onto a waiting list for any school that you have been refused. Children on the waiting list will be ranked in accordance with the published admission criteria and the list will operate until 31 August. After which time you will need to contact the Admissions Service to reapply. Inclusion on a school's waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available. A child's position on a waiting list is not static and is subject to change during the school year.
If you would like to know your child's position on the waiting list, you will need to contact the admission service via Dudley Council Plus after the date given in your refusal letter.
If your child has been refused a place in your preferred school(s) this will be because the school(s) received more applications than available places and other children had a higher priority in accordance with the admissions criteria. Your refusal was made on the grounds of Infant Class Size Legislation, with the exception of those few schools listed in your letter.
You have the right to appeal against this decision; we advise you read and understand the grounds of Infant Class Size appeals before submitting your appeal. Please refer to the statistics below, given the limited nature of the possible grounds on which an appeal may be allowed under Infant Class Size.
Statistics for Appeals:
Number of Appeals - Infant Class
2022 - heard 51 - refused 50, allowed 1
2021 - heard 41 - refused all
2020 - heard 60 - refused all
Number of Appeals - Non-infant Class
2022 - heard 4 - refused all
2021 - heard 10 - refused 8, allowed 2
2020 - heard 15 - refused 14, allowed 1
Appeals will be heard in accordance with the following timetable:
- Deadline for lodging appeals - 19 May 2023
- Appeals lodged by the above date will be heard between - June/July 2023
- Appeals received after the deadline may not be heard until - Mid September 2023 onwards
- If you have been refused a school due to infant class size (this information will be in your letter), please ensure you read the "Appeal Guide" below.
If your refusal relates to a school outside the Dudley Borough, you are advised to contact the relevant Local Authority for further information.