School admission appeals

The process and final decision

The process

The decision will be either:

  • to uphold the appeal - in which case your child will be admitted to the school so long as you complete the form enclosed with the appeal decision letter
  • to dismiss the appeal - in which case you will not be offered a place at the school

The panel will consider:

  • did the admission authority apply the published admission arrangements correctly?
  • would admitting more students to the school be likely to cause prejudice (damage) to the school's ability to provide an efficient education or use its resources effectively?

If the panel decides that the admission arrangements were not applied correctly, or that it would not be damaging to allow your child to attend the school, they will uphold your appeal.

If there is more than one appeal for the same school the panel will also have to consider what the impact would be if they upheld all the appeals.

If the panel considers that admitting your child would cause difficulties for the school, they will then consider whether the case for your child to attend the school is so strong that the school should admit your child, despite these problems.

The final decision

The clerk will write to you within 5 school days of the hearing with the decision.

The clerk will not tell you the decision over the phone, in person, by email or fax. If you have not received a letter within two weeks of the hearing please ring the Clerk on 0300 300 4032.

The appeal panel's decision is binding; they cannot review their decision, and no-one else (apart from the courts) can change it to a different decision.

If you believe that the appeal panel acted improperly or unreasonably in considering your case, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. The Ombudsman can investigate the procedures. The Ombudsman cannot overturn the decision.

If the parent or admission authority successfully applies for Judicial Review in the courts, the decision can be overturned, but may not be.

The School Admissions Team can tell you about other schools which have spaces in your area.

What should you do if you don't want to accept the school place you have been offered?

You should contact the School Admissions Team to find out what other places are available as soon as possible. You have a legal duty to have your child educated, whether at school or at home.

Appeals Clerk:

Martha Clampitt
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Shefford SG17 5TQ

Tel: 0300 300 4032

Email: martha.clampitt@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

School Admissions Team:

Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North
Dunstable LU6 1LF

Tel: 0300 300 8037 

Email: admission@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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