Admissions Appeal Procedure 2017
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. As the schools' admissions authority, governors will comply with reasonable requests from parents/carers for information which they need to help them prepare their case for appeal.
Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made.
Appeals should be made to:
The Appeals Administrator
Legal Services (School Admission Appeals)
Tel: 0330 2222 756
Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.
Appeals should be lodged no later than 20 school days after the National Offer Day for secondary schools (1 March) i.e. by 13 April 2017. Appeals lodged during this period will be heard within 40 school days. The appeal date is 10 May 2017.
For applications for in-year admissions, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
If it is not possible for late application appeals to be heard with the 'on-time' appeals, where possible they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
No later than 10 school days before the appeal hearing, the Local Authority will provide appellants with written notification of the date and arrangements for the appeal hearing. The notification will include a deadline for the submission of any further evidence that was not sent in the initial appeal. Appellants will be informed that any information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The Local Authority will ask appellants whether they intend to call witnesses or be represented at the hearing. Parents/carers may waive their right to 10 school days´ notice of the hearing.
Where applications to sixth forms are concerned, the following apply:
1. Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon examination results, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
2. Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon examination results, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
Appellants do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of this school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the Local Authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.
Appellants may apply for a place in this school in respect of a later academic year and have a further right of appeal if that application is unsuccessful.
Appellants may complain about maladministration on the part of the appeal panel to the Local Government Ombudsman. A complaint to an Ombudsman is not a further appeal and must relate to the administration of the appeal rather than the appeal decision. Maladministration covers matters such as failure to follow correct procedure or failure to act independently and fairly. It does not cover the merits of decision that only the panel has the authority to make. Therefore, generally, the Ombudsman cannot consider whether the appeal panel was correct to uphold or dismiss the appeal.
The Ombudsman is not able to overturn the appeal panels' decision but, where they find that there has been maladministration, they may make recommendations for a suitable remedy. For example, they may recommend that an appeal is reheard by a different panel and with a different clerk.
Appellants considering making a complaint can contact the Local Government Ombudsmans' Advice Line on 0300 061 0614, visit the website at www.log.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Local Government Ombudsman, PO Box 4771, Coventry, CV4 OEH