Hertfordshire Local Authority conducts appeals on behalf of Hockerill.

Visit Hertfordshire County Council appeals page

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:

All parents now need to set up an appeals account in order to lodge an appeal. This is separate from your admissions account. The online appeals portal can be found at School Admission Appeal | Hertfordshire County Council

To set up an account you will need your:

  • Application Reference Number
  • Child ID

Hertfordshire residents can find these codes via their admissions account and on the page informing you of your school allocation.

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 2024 entry:

Appeals resulting from secondary transfer and under 11s applications for admission in September 2024 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Allocation day

Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard between





1 March 2024


4pm on 28 March 2024


2 May – 17 June 2024

(excluding 27 May – 31 May)

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

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. 

The Hertfordshire Local Authority Schools Appeals information page can be found at School appeals | Hertfordshire County Council