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Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused admission to a school, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. You may appeal for more than one school.

Requesting an appeals pack

There are two types of appeal

Infant class size appeals - this is where your child has been refused admission to your preferred school on the grounds that the admission of an additional child would breach the infant class size limit.

Standard appeals - this is where your child has been refused admission because the admission of an additional child would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

Please refer to the links below for further guidance and information, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), on each type of appeal.

Guidance notes for Infant Class Size appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 59kB

Information sheet for Infant Class Size appeals, including FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 27kB

Guidance notes for Standard appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 48kB

Information sheet for Standard appeals, including FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 27kB

Occasionally, appeal panels hear appeals by parents whose child has been refused a place at a school due to their challenging behaviour.

What will I be required to do?

If you choose to appeal you will need to make a written statement and most parents also attend the hearing to present their case in person.  The guidance notes above will explain the structure of the hearing.  You will receive written notice of the date and venue of the hearing at least 10 school days in advance

What are my chances of success?

This will depend on the strength of your case against the case of the admission authority. It will also depend on the type of appeal - the grounds under which a parent can appeal in an infant class size appeal for example, are much more limited (see guidance notes above).

The table below shows the number of appeals for Hampshire community and voluntary controlled schools lodged and heard during 2013/14 for entry to Year R, Year 3 (at a junior school) and Year 7 in September 2014 and their outcomes.

Data from the 2014 main round appeals

When will my appeal be heard?

Appeals for admission to Year R, Year 3 in a junior school or Year 7 in September 2015 will be heard from May onwards. Full details are provided in the timetables below.

Timetable for Year 7 appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 10kB

Timetable for Year R and Year 3 appeals  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 10kB

All other appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

When will I receive the panel's decision?

The Clerk to the appeal will usually write to you with the Appeal Panel’s decision within 5 working days of the hearing, although this may not be possible where there are multiple appellants for one school. The school and the local authority are sent a copy of the letter at the same time and do not hear the outcome of the appeal before you.

The decision of the independent appeal panel is binding upon the County Council and can only be overturned by the Courts.

If your appeal is successful then you should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements for your child's start date.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, the County Admissions Team will be able to tell you where school places are available. You can contact them directly to discuss your options and make enquiries about places at other schools.

You cannot appeal again in the same academic year unless there is a significant and material change in your, or the school’s, circumstances. If this applies to your situation, you should write to the County Admissions Team detailing your change in circumstances.  You may of course, remain on the waiting list for any school.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists are separate to appeals. Information on waiting lists can be found on the following webpage: www.hants.gov.uk/ad-waiting-lists  

 

Contacts

Independent Appeals Service for Hampshire Schools

Corporate Services, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Telephone: 01962 847318 (24 hour – answerphone outside office hours) or 01962 847345

Fax: 01962 840215

Email
Independent.Appeals.Service@hants.gov.uk

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