Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has impacted on the ability of schools and panels to carry out admission appeals in the usual way and therefore there may be some unavoidable delays to the commencement to appeals being held across the country. However, as parents/families must continue to have the right to appeal to any school which has refused their child a place, the Government announced regulatory changes on the 24th April 2020 to the Admissions Appeals Code which will enable hearings to take place, although it is unlikely these will be in person due to social distancing requirements.
Your appeal, once submitted will be forwarded to the Independent Clerk, who is currently planning again for the commencement of the appeal hearings. He will be in touch with you as soon as possible once a date has been agreed for the hearing to take place. We do fully recognise the frustration this may cause but these are unprecedented times and trust you fully understand this. Each appeal should continue to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive acknowledgment that the appeal has been received, update on the situation and contact details for the appeals clerk who will manage your appeal and keep you informed of progress, date and outcomes.
Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
How do I make an appeal?
If you wish to appeal against an admission decision and appeal for a place at our academy please complete the appeal form (at the bottom of this page) and return it to the address stated on the form .
For other appeals such as transfers and in-year admissions 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.
Appeals Timetable – 2020/2021 Admissions Round
Offer Date: 2nd March 2020
Appeals can be lodged: from 2nd March 2020
Independent appeals will be heard during May/June 2020
Offer Date: 16th April 2020
Deadline for lodging appeals: 18th May 2020 (appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for hearing appeals received where possible or within 30 school days of the date of receipt)
Deadline for hearing on-time appeals: 20th July 2020
Appeals relating to late applications (reception or year 7)
If your application was made after 15th January 2020 (closing date for receipt of applications for primary school place) or 31st October 2019 (closing date for receipt of applications for transfer to secondary school) appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
How much notice of the appeal hearing date will I have?
Letters notifying parents of appeal dates and times are sent out in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent 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.
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 10 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable this additional information to be included in the final pack of papers for your hearing, giving the Panel and the authority the opportunity to consider the information in advance of the hearing. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline we may have to adjourn your hearing to a later date.
Decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.