Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – January 2021
Following the postponement of admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government have extended the temporary guidance for managing appeals Changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The temporary regulations will remain in place until 30 September 2021 and allow us to continue with admission appeal hearings whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
Year 7 transition appeals and Reception transition appeals
It is expected that all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be virtual appeal hearings only, using Microsoft Teams. This process will allow representation from both School and Appellant, to attend the hearing and present their arguments. We will continue to update this message and our process, as per government guidelines.
In-Year Appeals will continue to be heard on a virtual basis, using 'Microsoft Teams'.
We strive to place every child within a preferred school placement, however, this may not always be possible.
It is recommended you read the parents and carers guide to school admission appeals before submitting your appeal paperwork.
- For parents wishing to appeal regarding reception, Year 1 or Year 2 places at a school, you will need to download and complete the 'Infant Class Size Legislation Appeal Form' below
- For parents wishing to lodge an appeal for all other year groups, please download and complete the 'General Appeal Form' below.
- The Advisory Centre for Education - independent advice regarding appeals and admissions.
Right To Appeal
If you are unhappy with the school place your child has been offered, you have a right to appeal to the independent appeals panel. Information relating to appeals are on the Local Authority website.We are responsible for our own appeals so you should contact us direct to discuss the process.
You can only appeal for a school for which you have expressed a preference and have been refused. If you wish to appeal, it is a good idea to accept the place at the school you have been offered, as this will have no effect on the outcome of your appeal, and will prevent your child from missing out on a school altogether.
The appeal panel’s decision is binding on the council and on parents/carers. There is a legal limit on the size of infant classes, set at thirty children. Where classes are at maximum capacity an appeal panel can only agree the appeal if it can be shown that the authority has made a mistake in applying its oversubscription criteria or has acted unreasonably.
The Local Authority strive to place every child within a preferred school placement, however, this may not always be possible. It is recommended you read the parents and carers guide to school admission appeals before submitting your appeal paperwork.
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