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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.

Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for all community primary schools in Hillingdon (see list below) and is responsible for arranging and hosting the appeal hearings for these schools. The timetable for organising and hearing community school appeals is as follows:

  • Primary school appeals (Reception and Year 3): Appeals for entry into Primary School for September 2017 can be made from National Offer Day (18 April 2017) until Wednesday 17 May 2017. Appeals submitted within this timescale will be heard before the end of the summer term 2017.
  • Appeals can be submitted after the deadline, however there is no guarantee that the appeal hearing will still be arranged before the end of the summer term.
  • In-Year school appeals: Appeals can be submitted once in any academic year.
  • Once an appeal has been lodged, appellants will receive at least 10 school days' notice of their appeal hearing date. 
  • Appeal papers will be sent to all parties at least 5 school days prior to the appeal hearing.
  • If you would like to submit additional evidence prior to the appeal hearing, you should ensure this is submitted to the local authority at least 5 school days prior to the appeal hearing. 

All appeals will be heard within the timescales stated in the School Admissions Appeals Code:

  • for applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
  • for late applications, appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;
  • for applications for in-year admissions, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • Any appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

 

Own-admission authority schools (ie Academies/Foundation/Voluntary Aided) will publish their own appeals timetables.

The guidance for parents booklet [305kb]  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.

How to appeal

Hillingdon Council is the admission authority for the community schools listed below. This means we arrange the appeal hearings. If you wish to request an appeal form for a community school please ensure you have read the guidance for parents booklet (above) and then call the School Placement and Admissions Team on 01895 556644.  If you wish to appeal for any school other than those listed below then please contact the school direct. The table details the number of appeals heard for community schools in 2015/16 (including appeals heard for Starting Reception 2016).

Primary community schools

School 

Appeals heard
between
01/09/15-31/08/16

Appeals upheld

Bourne 

2

0

The Breakspear  

20

Cherry Lane

 

 

Colham Manor

  

Coteford Infant

 

 

Deanesfield

  

Field End Infant

 

 

Field End Junior

  

Frithwood        

1

0

Glebe

  

Harefield Infant

 

 

Harefield Junior

  

Harlyn

10

Harmondsworth

 

 

Heathrow   

4

0

Hermitage

  

Highfield 

20

Lady Bankes Infant

10

Lady Bankes Junior

  

Minet Infant

  

Minet Junior

  

Newnham Infant 

 

 

Newnham Junior 

  

Rabbsfarm

 

 

Ruislip Gardens

  

Warrender 

1

0

West Drayton  

 

 

Whitehall Infant

  

Whitehall Junior

  

Whiteheath Infant 

 

 

Whiteheath Junior

  

Yeading Infant

10

0

Yeading Junior

10

 

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 10am to 1pm (Term time only)
    Website: www.ace-ed.org.uk
       
  • The Coram Children's Legal Centre
    Advice line: 0300 330 5485
    Family queries: 0300 330 5480
    Webchat: Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
    Website: www.childlawadvice.org.uk

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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