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Apply to become a volunteer school appeals panel member

  • Are you interested in Education and want to get involved?
  • Do you have excellent listening skills, have the ability to put people at ease and make balanced decisions?
  • Would you like to become involved in an important, impartial service provided to parents and schools?

If you have answered yes to any of the above why not apply to become a Volunteer School Appeals Panel Member.

Application form (download & complete off-line)

What will I be doing?

  • You will be sitting on independent admission appeal panels
  • Ensuring that parents feel they have had a fair and independent hearing, have been given every opportunity to put their case and have been taken seriously

What skills or experience do I need?

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good literacy and listening skills
  • Able to remain firm and calm
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Ability to work with other panel members

How much time do I need to give?

This can vary depending on the level of commitment you wish to give. While appeals are held throughout the year, the peak months are between May and July. The appeals are arranged so that they are heard for half a day or a full day depending on the amount of appeals received.

Where will the hearings be held?

Hearings will be held at Shire Hall, Gloucestershire County Council.

Can anyone be a panel member?

Yes, unless you are a Gloucestershire County Councillor or an employee of the Council.

Do panel members receive training?

Yes all panel members are trained before sitting on a panel and this is refreshed at least every two years.

Do panel members get paid?

Panel Members provide a very important volunteer service which is unpaid. However Panel Members are entitled to expenses, such as travel when attending panel hearings and training.

More information about School Admission Appeals Panels and how to volunteer is available from:

The Democratic Services Unit
Shire Hall

Tel: (01452 324204)

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