Hertfordshire Local Authority conducts appeals on behalf of Hockerill. The Hertfordshire Local Authority Schools appeals page can be found here.  

If you wish to appeal against the decision not to allocate a place to your child here, either as part of the secondary transfer process or an in year application, you can lodge an appeal as follows:

Secondary Transfer Appeals - Hertfordshire residents

Hertfordshire parents can access the online appeals system via their admissions account.

Secondary Transfer Appeals - Out of county residents

Parents who live out of county or who applied on paper can use Hertfordshire County Council’s online appeals system to lodge an appeal. Parents will need to contact Hertfordshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 for their registration details. 

September 2023 entry


Appeals resulting from secondary transfer and under 11s applications for admission in September 2023 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Allocation day

Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard between





1 March 2023


4pm on 29 March 2023


2 May – 15 June 2023

(excluding 29 May – 2 June)





  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, which ever is the later date.
  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear working days in advance of the hearing.
  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.


Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to any supporting evidence after lodging an appeal, they will need to get that to the Appeals Team at least 7 working days before your hearing, (not counting the day of postage or the hearing date).

Please remember that any confidential medical/social evidence submitted to the Admission Authority (AA) in support of your application will not be provided to an appeal panel.  If you wish to rely on this in support of your appeal you will need to submit this documentation to the Appeals Team.

If the appellant has a short document (like a doctor’s letter which was not previously available), this will be accepted up to 4 working days before the hearing.  Any additional evidence received after this deadline will not be circulated and the panel may not accept any additional information taken to the hearing.


In-Year Appeals 

Parents who have applied for an in-year place can use Hertfordshire County Council’s online appeals system to lodge an appeal. The Admissions and Transport team at Hertfordshire County Council will send a letter to parents with their registration details to access the online appeals system. Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.