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School admission appeals data collection: how to submit data

The school admission appeals data collection (also known as APAD) is a statutory data collection that local authorities submit to us every January. You must complete statutory collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

Deadlines for the 2023 collection:

include admission appeals that were lodged by Thursday 1 September 2022
data collection opens on Monday 9 January 2023
submit data by Friday 20 January 2023

What data to collect and submit

The data collection gathers information about appeals that parents have asked for (lodged) before 1 September because their child was not admitted to their preferred school.

It only covers community and voluntary-controlled primary and secondary schools (including middle-deemed schools). For each phase, you must report:

total number of lodged appeals
total number of heard appeals
appeal outcomes

How to submit your data

You’ll need to:

register and sign in with DfE Sign-in

use COLLECT to submit your data

We’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Contact your school or local authority approver if:

you want to request a DfE Sign-in username or password so you can access COLLECT

‘APAD 2023’ is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

Data collection guidance documents

Our guidance will help you complete the data collection:

Get help using DfE Sign-in

If you do not know who your approver is, use the DfE Sign-in request form.

If you’ve forgotten your password, use DfE Sign-in to reset it. Select ‘Start now’, then select ‘Forgotten your password?’.


If you have any comments about our data collection service, use the feedback form.

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