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Appeal a school admission decision

If your child is not allocated a place at the school you prefer you have the right to appeal.

The letter you receive telling you that the admission has been refused will contain some information on how to appeal.

How to appeal

Community and voluntary controlled schools

For community and voluntary controlled schools the responsibility for appeals rests with us. You can appeal by one of the following options:

We advise you to read the following guidance notes carefully before making the decision to proceed with an appeal.

Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools

For voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, free schools and academies, the responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the school as they are their own admission authority. If you want to appeal an admission decision you will need to contact the school directly for details.

However, please note that we do administer appeals for the following own admission authority schools.

You can appeal for these schools using any of the methods described above.

Acceptance of a place at a school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to appeal for any of your preferences, it is wise to secure a place for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful.

Appeal for more than one school

You may appeal for more than one school, although this will mean you will have to attend one or more appeal hearings on different days.  Please submit a separate appeal form for each school you are appealing for.


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How to appeal

Community and voluntary controlled schools

For community and voluntary controlled schools the responsibility for appeals rests with us. You can appeal by one of the following options:

We advise you to read the following guidance notes carefully before making the decision to proceed with an appeal.

Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools

For voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, free schools and academies, the responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the school as they are their own admission authority. If you want to appeal an admission decision you will need to contact the school directly for details.

However, please note that we do administer appeals for the following own admission authority schools.

You can appeal for these schools using any of the methods described above.

Acceptance of a place at a school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at another school. However, if you decide to appeal for any of your preferences, it is wise to secure a place for your child at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful.

Appeal for more than one school

You may appeal for more than one school, although this will mean you will have to attend one or more appeal hearings on different days.  Please submit a separate appeal form for each school you are appealing for.

Timetable for admission appeals

2015/16 Admissions round

For appeals, such as transfers and in - year admissions for places during the 2015/16 academic year please return your form within 4 weeks of the date of your refusal letter. These appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

2016/17 Admissions round

  Offer date Appeals lodged by Appeals to be heard by
Primary 18 April 2016 17 May 2016 20 July 2016
Secondary 1 March 2016 31 March 2016 17 June 2016

 

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

For appeals during the 2016/17 admissions round, you should return your completed form by:

  • 17 May 2016 for a Primary School (Reception) and Infant to Junior transfer
  • 31 March 2016 for a Secondary School (Year 7).

The hearing

Appeals are received from many parents/guardians throughout the County. Appeals are processed as quickly as possible within the legal deadlines set down in the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appeals are heard by an independent panel. A decision by an appeal panel is binding on the admissions authority i.e. a place must be given if an appeal is successful.

Notice of the hearing

You will be sent a letter notifying you of the hearing at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this).
If you lodge appeals for more than one school, you will get a separate date for each appeal, which could be some weeks apart.

Submitting additional information

If you wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to us at least 5 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable circulation of the additional information in advance of your hearing, giving the Panel and the authority the opportunity to consider the information in advance. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline we may have to adjourn your hearing to a later date.

Disabilities

Do please let us know if you have any disabilities and need assistance. We will try and meet these as far as is possible.

Interpreter or signer

If you require an interpreter or signer you can have one at your appeal hearing. If you would like us to arrange this for you please tell us which language you require on the appeal form. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you may arrange your own interpreter. If you are doing this please let us know as soon as possible before the hearing.

Decision letter

Decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

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