Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on appeals

We are in the process of making arrangements for appeals to be considered by the Independent Appeal Panel and shall contact parents directly with details as soon as possible.

Appeal a school admission decision

1. Overview

Admission appeals and coronavirus (27 April)

Schools closed on 23 March for most pupils until further notice and the government instructed us all to stay at home. We need to protect the health of parents, school representatives, our unpaid, volunteer panel members (the majority of whom are from the demographic group most at risk from the virus) and others involved in admission appeals.  Therefore, appeal hearings cannot take place in the usual way this summer.  Admission appeals are very important to parents and their families and we are making alternative arrangements for appeals to be considered by the Independent Appeal Panel.

The Department for Education published guidance on 24 April explaining how admission appeals can  be determined in the present extraordinary circumstances and we shall contact parents who have submitted appeals to provide details about how and when their appeal/s will be considered as soon as possible. The Appeals Team will give parents 14 calendar days’ notice of when their appeal will be considered.  Parents are responsible for providing written reasons for their appeal with supporting evidence.  Parents should not delay obtaining and sending evidence in to us because the appeal panel is unlikely to be able to consider late evidence before it makes its decision, or it may postpone the appeal

Parents should  send in evidence to the Appeals Team  via email because  receipt of our post may be delayed.

It is very important that you read the Parents’ Guide, particularly the section which relates to your type of appeal (infant class size, primary, upper,  grammar) as this explains what evidence you should send us to support your appeal.  Please also read  the advice from the Department of Education

Moving up to secondary school
Appeals submitted after the 27 March  deadline will be heard but probably not within the first batch of appeals we schedule. Evidence in support of appeals can be submitted after 27 March (and up to 14 calendar days before the appeal is considered by the Appeal Panel).

Late Transfer September 2020
Parents wishing to submit an appeal in the Late Transfer September 2020 process should do so by 12 noon on Friday 15 May.  Appeals submitted after this deadline will be heard but probably not within the first batch of appeals we schedule. Evidence in support of appeals can be submitted after 15 May (and up to 14 calendar days before the appeal is considered by the Appeal Panel).

Starting school or moving up to Junior school September 2020
Parents should still submit their appeals for primary school by 12 noon on Monday 18 May.  Appeals submitted after this deadline will be heard but probably not within the first batch of appeals we schedule. Evidence in support of appeals can be submitted after 16 April (and up to 14 calendar days before the appeal is considered by the Appeal Panel).


Appeals

If you have applied for a school place for your child and the admission authority has refused it, you can make an admission appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel (IAP).  

Think carefully before appealing – most appeals fail as the school is already too full.

In 2019, only 10% of appeals were successful.

Appeals are very expensive for schools and time-consuming and emotional for parents. 

Before you make an appeal, it is very important that you read the Parents’ Guide and advice from the Department of Education.

The Education Appeals Team (Appeals Team) administers admission appeals for most Buckinghamshire Schools. 

The Appeals Team does not deal with: allocations of school places, waiting lists, Transfer Tests for grammar school and Selection Reviews.  If you have questions about these, contact the Admissions and Transport Team .

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Last updated: 4 May 2020

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