Department of Education
Published on 30 October 2019
Last updated on 7 July 2021
Parents can appeal if a school excludes, suspends or refuses to enrol their child. There is a separate appeals process for each of these issues.
If your child was unable to be enrolled in the school due to oversubscription, you can appeal the decision.
Before making an appeal you must first request a review of the decision by the school's board of management.
A review can be requested in writing or by submitting the form below. This form must be sent to the school’s board of management.
Your review request to the board of management must:
Review by Board of Management Request Form
Once you have completed the first stage which is the review by the board of management you can make an appeal to an independent appeals committee.
You must complete the form below and send it to the address on the form.
The following must be submitted with your form:
Section 29 appeal application form for an appeal against refusal to admit due to the school being oversubscribed
If your child was unable to be enrolled in the school for reasons other than oversubscription, you may appeal the decision.
Before making an appeal you may request a review of the decision by the board of management - although this is not a requirement.
Alternatively you can proceed directly to an independent appeal without requesting a review by the board of management.
Section 29 Appeal Application Form for an appeal against refusal to admit for reason(s) other than the school being oversubscribed
If a student is excluded or suspended for 20 school days or more in a school year, you may appeal the decision.
An appeal may not be made if the period of suspension is less than 20 days in a school year.
To make an appeal you must complete the form below:
You must also include the following with your completed appeal form:
Section 29 Appeal Application Form for an appeal against expulsion or suspension for a period of 20 or more school days in a school year
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