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Admission appeals

Every parent has the right of appeal for a school place.

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Appeals

If it has not been possible to offer your child a place at your preferred school, you have the right, by law, to appeal to an independent appeal panel. We understand how important making decisions about your child's education and schooling are to you. We know that deciding to appeal and going through the appeals process can be a worrying and anxious time.

When considering whether to appeal, it is important that you are aware that although the law allows you to have the opportunity to appeal against admission decisions, it does not give your child the right to a place at a particular school. There is no guarantee that your appeal will be successful. If you are appealing for a place at a particular school, you should make arrangements for a place at an alternative school in case your appeal is unsuccessful. Accepting a place at another school does not affect your right to appeal for a place at the school you would prefer.

The deadline for submitting appeals documentation:

  • Primary school appeals (Reception and Year 3): Friday 15 May 2015
  • Secondary school appeals (Year 7 and Year 10): Check with individual schools (suggested date Monday 30 March 2015)
  • In-Year school appeals: Appeals can be submitted once in any academic year.

Appeals can be made at any time, however submitting an appeal before the deadlines for Primary and Secondary school appeals will guarantee that your appeal is heard before your child is due to start at their new school in September.

The guidance for parents booklet [142kb] will explain your rights regarding admission to schools.

When should I appeal

Appeals when an infant class already has 30 pupils

The law states that there must be no more than 30 pupils in an infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), therefore in the case of most appeals for infant schools, an appeals panel can only allow more children into a class if they decide either:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied; or
  • that the admission arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had been correctly and impartially applied; or
  • that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Appeals when a class has fewer than 30 pupils or a junior or secondary school place

If an appeal is heard for an infant class that has fewer than 30 pupils, or for a class in the junior or secondary phases of education, the appeal panel will allow an appeal if they decide either:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied; or
  • that the admission arrangements were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had been correctly and impartially applied; or
  • that the admission of additional children would not prejudice the provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources.

If you would like to speak to an Admission Appeals officer to discuss your case you can call on 01895 556644.

When appeals will be heard

  • For applications made on time in the normal admissions round, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the above deadline for lodging appeals;
    For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
  • In Year admissions appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • Any appeals submitted after the deadline will still be heard but may not be heard with all the other appeals for a particular school.
  • You will be sent a hearing date with at least 10 school days notice
  • Decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for the community schools listed below. This means we arrange the appeal hearings. If you wish to appeal for any school other than those listed below then please contact the school direct. The table shows the number of appeals heard for community schools in 2013/14 (including appeals heard for Starting Reception 2014) and how many were successful.

Please note: For Academies, Foundation, Free and Voluntary Aided Schools, details must be obtained from the school(s) concerned. This would be all primary schools not listed below and all secondary schools.

Primary community schools

School 

Appeals heard 2013/14

Appeals upheld

Bourne 

 

 

The Breakspear  

  

Cherry Lane

1

0

Colham Manor

  

Coteford Infant

1

0

Deanesfield

  

Field End Infant

7

0

Field End Junior

  

Frithwood        

2

0

Glebe

  

Harefield Infant

1

0

Harefield Junior

  

Harlyn

  

Harmondsworth

2

0

Heathrow   

1

0

Hermitage

  

Highfield 

  

Lady Bankes Infant

  

Lady Bankes Junior

  

Minet Infant

  

Minet Junior

  

Newnham Infant 

3

0

Newnham Junior 

  

Rabbsfarm

1

0

Ruislip Gardens

  

Ryefield

  

Warrender 

3

0

West Drayton  

4

0

Whitehall Infant

  

Whitehall Junior

  

Whiteheath Infant 

3

0

Whiteheath Junior

  

Yeading Infant

2

0

Yeading Junior

  

 

Further advice

For independent advice, you may find the following organisations helpful:

  • Advisory Centre for Education
    ACE Education Advice
    72 Durnsford Road
    London
    N11 2EJ
    Advice line: 0300 0115 142 Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 - 13:00 (Term time only)
    Website: www.ace-ed.org.uk
       
  • The Coram Children's Legal Centre
    Advice line: 0808 802 0008
    Webchat: Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00
    Website: www.childrenslegalcentre.com

The following publications from the Department for Education (DfE) also contain much useful information about school admissions and school admissions appeals:

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