A placing request is a formal, recorded request that a parent or young person aged 16 or over makes to a local authority for a place in a school that is neither the local catchment school nor the school recommended by the local authority. A local authority must reply to a placing request within set timescales and there is a right of appeal if a request is refused. Local guidelines on placing requests are available from the local authority.  If you make a placing request for a special school which is turned down by the local authority then you can appeal the decision to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals Scotland.