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Questions and answers about appeals

The questions listed below are commonly asked by parents. Click on the question and you will be taken to the answer.

If you have a question and it is not here please contact the Democratic Services Unit on 01452 425096, or e-mail jane.cleaver@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Please note: This information only relates to schools run by the County Council. If the school you wish to appeal for is a voluntary aided or foundation school, or an academy, you should contact the Clerk to Governors of the school direct. Your decision letter from us will tell you who to contact.

  • Q:

    When can I appeal?

    A:

    If your child is refused a school place, you have a legal right of appeal

  • Q:

    I have received my child's results for the grammar school test. They didn't get the minimum score/got the minimum score but have not been allocated a place - when can I appeal?

    A:

    Appeals for a secondary school place in September 2013 do not take place until May or June 2013. If you wish to appeal for a place you should contact the Clerk to the Governors of the school you are interested in at the beginning of April 2013. They will then tell you how to lodge your appeal.

  • Q:

    I have received my child's allocation letter and I don't want the school. How can I get the allocation changed?

    A:

    After Allocation Day (1 March 2013 for secondary transfer and 16 April 2013 for Infant/Primary and Junior School Entry) there is a three week review period. You should complete your reply slip and return to the Admissions and Transfer Team by 14 March 2013 for secondary transfer and 30 April 2013 for reception entry if you would like to change your allocation. You will be told the results of the review after 1 April 2013 for Secondary School entry and after 16 May 2013 for Infant/Primary/Junior School entry.

  • Q:

    My allocation has been reviewed and has not been changed. When can I appeal?

    A:

    For secondary appeals you need to appeal in April - you should contact the address given on the refusal letter you receive after 1 April 2013, or complete the form supplied with your decision letter from the School Admissions Team for a community school. For Primary/Infant and Junior appeals you need to appeal at the end May - a form or information will be supplied with the refusal letter you receive after 16 May 2013. Sometimes you may need to contact the school direct if the school is not run by the local authority. This will be explained in your letter from the School Admissions Team. For any other appeals you should check what the letter says about whom to contact and do so quickly so that your appeal can be heard as soon as possible.

  • Q:

    I would like to try to get a place at a different school to the allocated one, but don't want to lose the chance of the place at the school offered. What should I do?

    A:

    You should tell the Admissions and Transfers Team that you accept the place offered. This makes no difference to you being able to appeal for a different school and makes sure that your child will have a school place.

  • Q:

    I haven't been offered a school place anywhere - what should I do in case I don't win my appeal?

    A:

    Contact the Admissions and Transfers Team now to make sure that you know where your child can go to school in case you do not win your appeal. You may ask which schools currently have spaces and you may confirm with the Team which school you would like to accept until you have your appeal heard.

  • Q:

    What chances of success do I have if I appeal?

    A:

    You are legally entitled to appeal. Success at the appeal stage depends on the strength of your case and is considered on a case by case basis by the panel.

  • Q:

    When are appeals heard?

    A:

    Appeals for secondary school transfers in 2013 will be heard between May and July 2013. Appeals for reception entry in 2013 will be heard in June or July 2013. At other times of the year the County Council runs an appeal panel at least once a month to hear appeals for schools run by the council so usually your appeal can be heard within 30 school days of you making it. If a school is their own admission authority you are entitled to have your appeal heard within 30 school days.

  • Q:

    When will I be told when my appeal will be heard?

    A:

    You are entitled to 10 school days notice of your appeal date. Sometimes we can give you longer than this. This means that we send out appeal appointments for secondary transfer appeals relating to schools run by the County Council in May. Appointments for reception entry appeals are sent out in May or June. If we want to offer you a date with less than 10 school days notice we ask you to agree to waiver your right to the stated notice period.

  • Q:

    When possible are all appeals for the school I want a place at heard on the same day?

    A:

    You can have your appeal on a different day if you wish.

  • Q:

    What information should I put in my appeal statement?

    A:

    If you have been refused a place because the school would be in danger of going over 30 in the infant age group (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) your appeal can only be upheld if you can demonstrate that the Council has made a mistake which has denied your child a place or that the decision to refuse your child a place is unreasonable. If you have been refused because the school has reached its published admission number and to take any more would mean it would become overcrowded, you should explain why you feel it is best if your child goes to this school, instead of the school the Council has allocated. Please attach any supporting documentation to your appeal form.

  • Q:

    When will I get my decision?

    A:

    You will be told at the appeal hearing when you can expect to get the letter. Decisions are always given in writing. This would usually be within 5 working days.

  • Q:

    Who can tell me what position my child is on a schools waiting list?

    A:

    The Admissions and Transfers Team can be contacted on 01452 425407 or email school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk

  • Q:

    How can I complain about the Appeal Panel's Decision?

    A:

    The Panel's decision is binding. This means it can only be overturned by a decision in a court of law. You should take legal advice if you are considering taking this action. You can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman if you think something went wrong or was unfair with the admission or appeals process. The Local Government Ombudsman can't overturn the Panel's decision but can ask the Council to allow you a second appeal if your complaint is felt to be justified.