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Information on admission appeals

Secondary School Admission Appeals

Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are amending the dates for appeal paperwork to be received to 3pm on Monday 27th April.


Primary School Admission Appeals

The date for paperwork to be received is Friday 29th May 2020

 It is very important that a fair and independent process is in place for parents to appeal against decisions made by an admissions authority.

Parents can also ask for their child to be admitted to any school in any school term. For example if a family has recently moved home. However, only one appeal per child for a particular school is allowed in each school year.

If you are looking for schools in the local area, then please follow the link below to see what school(s) are closest to your home address (using a straight line distance)

Find-a-School


Reception Entry 2020

Please see the attached link for the status of the school you wish to appeal for so you are aware of how to proceed with the appeal for reception 2020 entry

School Status for appeal submissions spreadsheet


Key to spreadsheet

VC/C see appeal process for Community/Voluntary Controlled below

A/VA/F/Trust contact school directly for appeal paperwork


The appeal process for Community and Voluntary Controlled Secondary, Infant, Primary and Junior Schools

The appeal process we use follows strict national guidance. You will receive information on the appeals process with the letter from Gloucestershire County Council. This will explain why your child has not been offered a place at your preferred school. If it has not been possible to offer you a place at a school you prefer you will now be offered a place for your child at the nearest school with places available.

There is more information about the admissions process on our school admission pages:

There is more information about the admissions process on our school admission pages:


Types of appeal (Reception 2020 entry)

There are 2 types of school admission appeal: ‘Infant Class Size’ appeals and ‘Efficient Use of Resources’ appeals. 

The independent Appeal Panel considers ‘Infant Class Size’ appeals differently from other year groups. ‘Infant Class Size’ restrictions are rules that apply to all appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. These rules apply if your child’s admission has been refused because the class has reached its legal limit of 30 children per school teacher.

There are extremely limited grounds on which an ‘Infant Class Size’ appeal may be upheld.

For ‘Efficient Use of Resources’ appeals, the independent appeal panel will weigh up whether or not your circumstances outweigh the admission authority’s circumstances.

Please see Questions and answers about appeals for more information.

Please see the attached link for appeal status of the school you wish to appeal for so you are aware of which option to choose in the online form. 

School Status for appeal submissions spreadsheet

Please access the online appeal form on the following link for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

Online primary admissions appeal form


Timetable

*Please note that due to COVID-19, these dates are subject to change.

Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission to Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools in Gloucestershire for September 2020 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Allocation day

  • Secondary Schools: 2nd March 2020
  • Primary Schools: 16th April 2020

Deadline for lodging appeals (for community and voluntary controlled schools)

  • Secondary Schools: 27thApril 2020
  • Primary Schools: 29th May 2020
  • (however appeals lodged after this date must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged)

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date. Most school appeals will be heard before and after the school summer holidays for children starting primary/junior/secondary schools where possible.

*Archway Secondary School is the only Community/Voluntary Controlled Secondary School in Gloucestershire


The appeal process following a decision by the Governors of a Voluntary Aided, Foundation School or Academy

If you want to appeal against a decision by the Governors of a Voluntary Aided, Foundation School, Trust or Academy you will need to contact the school direct. These schools are responsible for organising their own appeals and setting their own timetable.


Schools outside of Gloucestershire

Appeals for schools outside Gloucestershire should be made in accordance with the published admission arrangements of the local authority concerned


Special Educational Needs

If you want to appeal against the provision of Special Education for your child, contact Gloucestershire County Council's Special Educational Needs Team for information and advice on 01452-427895 as this comes under a different process.

If you have any questions about the school named in your child’s statement of Special Educational Needs or their Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), please follow this link to find information, as this comes under a different process:

If you have any queries about school admission appeals please contact us at school.appeals@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Further advice

For further advice on making an appeal for reception 2020 entry, please contact the Co-ordinated Admissions Team:

For further advice on making an appeal for an In-Year place, please contact the In-year Team:

 

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