If your child(ren) has not been successful in gaining admission to their preferred school you will have the right of appeal against the decision. The letter will also indicate the school at which a place has been offered.
Appeals are considered by an independent appeal panel. The panel is made up of people who have played no part in the original allocation of places and who are independent of the school and the Council. The independent appeal panel’s decision is binding on all parties.
You will normally be given two weeks’ notice of the date, time and venue of the appeal hearing. All relevant papers will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the hearing.
The yearly appeals for the reception intakes often involve a large number of appeals for individual schools which can last over several days or weeks but the panel cannot make any decisions until they have heard all the appeals for that school/year group.
Once the panel has made the decisions on all the cases for that school/year group, a decision letter (confirming the outcome and, in the case of unsuccessful appeals, full details of the reasons for the panel’s decision) will be sent to all appellants within 5 working days of the decisions being made.
If you need advice on completing the appeal form please contact the Place Planning & Admissions team, telephone (01254) 666605 or the School Office (01254) 698301