Parents have the right to appeal to an independent panel against the decision of the school not to offer their child a place. In the normal admissions round (ie. Reception and Year 7), most appeals are heard during the summer term, in time for the new academic year. Appeals should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel, via the academy. Parents are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes before preparing their appeal.
NOTE: While these arrangements give you the right to appeal against decisions of non-admission, the School Standards & Framework Act 1998 does not give you the right to a place at a particular school. Even if you are appealing for a place at your preferred school, you should make arrangements with another school in case your appeal is unsuccessful.
Year 7 and Reception Appeals - September 2023
The timetable for appeals for Summer 2023 is as follows:
Completed forms for Year 7 appeals must be received at the school no later than 4.00pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023.
Stage 1 (the academy's case) for Year 7 appeals for September 2023 will be heard as a group hearing on 15 May 2023 at 6.00pm. All appellants for Year 7 will be invited to attend online on that date.
Stage 2 (individual cases) appeals will be heard in private online over the course of the same week.
Completed appeals forms for Reception Class must be received at the school no later than 4.00pm on Monday 15 May 2023.
Stages 1 and 2 of Primary (Reception) appeals for September 2023 will be heard in June 2023.
All appellants will receive details of their group and individual hearings from the Clerk in advance of the hearing dates.
Download 2023 Appeal Form
Download 2023 Appeal Guidance Notes
In Year Appeals
Parents who wish to appeal for an In Year place should submit their appeal form, together with all the supporting documents they wish the panel to consider. Appeals should be sent to the Clerk to Appeals c/o the school. Any In Year appeals will be heard by the independent panel within 30 school days of their receipt.
Download In-Year Appeals Guidance Notes
Download an In-Year Appeals Form
Advice about Admissions Appeals on the GOV.UK website
Complaints About Appeal Procedure
If an appellant is considering making a complaint about the school's handling of their appeal, they should refer in the first instance to the government's guidance about making an online complaint and the grounds for complaint which the government is allowed to consider.