2. Appeals process

The date of the appeal will be arranged by an officer from the school appeals team.

The appeals are usually heard remotely by video conference via MS Teams however if you are unable to access this platform please advise the officer from the school appeals team as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

You will be given 10 school days’ notice of the date and time of the hearing.

  • Appeals for both primary and secondary schools applied for on time in the normal admissions round must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
  • Appeals for schools outside the normal admissions round must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeal hearings in the normal admissions round are usually held between May and July.

The Local Authority will endeavour to timetable appeals for late applications with the on-time applicants’ hearings; however, where this is not possible they will be arranged as being outside the normal admission round.

An officer from the school appeals team. will send you a copy of the admission authority statement of the reasons for refusal of a place at your preferred school, together with copies of your own appeal form and any other papers you have submitted.

The members of the Independent Appeal Panel will also receive copies of all the same documents.

Although you do not have to attend the hearing, it may be easier to explain your case or answer any questions that the panel may have if you are there in person.  

You can also ask someone to accompany you, but you should not bring your child to the hearing.

If you require additional facilities such as an interpreter you must advise the school appeals team in advance of the hearing so that one can be arranged to attend, otherwise it may be necessary to adjourn the hearing until a later date.

If you are unable to attend and the date for the hearing cannot be rescheduled due to timetabling constraints, or you do not wish to attend, the appeal will be decided in your absence upon the information provided, including all the written information you have sent.

The decision of the Appeal Panel is final and will be sent in writing to parents, by the clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel.