Admissions Appeals 2017-18

For appeals lodged between 1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

School Admission appeals are administered in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 School Admission Appeals Code issued by the Department for Education. Parents whose admission application is refused will have the legal right to appeal that decision. To lodge an appeal, complete and return the Appeal Form which can be downloaded from the Academy website or requested from the main Reception Office. On receipt of the completed Appeal Form, the Admission Authority will arrange for an appeal hearing to take place before an independent Appeal Panel. The timetable differs depending on when the appeal is lodged and whether it relates to an application to start or transfer to the Academy in September 2017 or to join the Academy during the academic year.

An appeal form can be downloaded here or requested from the Reception Office.

The following timetable will apply:


Timetable

1. Transferring to Year 7 in September 2017 - Admission decisions issued on 1 March 2017

For an appeal Form submitted to the School Office by 29 March 2017 An appeal hearing will take place within 40 school days of 29 March 2017

2. Starting School in September 2017 - Admission decisions issued on 18 April 2017

For an appeal Form submitted to the School Office by 17 May 2017 An appeal hearing will take place within 40 school days of 17 May 2017

3. Appeals lodged after the 29 March or 17 May deadlines

It may be possible for appeals lodged after the appeal deadline to take place at the same time as those lodged before the deadline, providing there is sufficient time to make the appropriate arrangements. Otherwise, appeals lodged after the relevant deadline will be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.

4. Lodging and appeal relating to an In-Year admission application decision

An appeal may be lodged within 30 school days of the admission decision being issued. An appeal hearing will be scheduled to take place within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.

5. Administrative timetable

Identification and appointment of independent appeals clerk and appeal panel members As soon as possible after receipt of the appeal form
The appeal clerk will notify appellants of the date and time of the appeal hearing and the names of the independent appeal panel members. Appellants choose to waive this right of notice. Posted out at least 10 school days before the appeal hearing is to take place
The appeal clerk will issue a written statement prepared by the Admissions Authority to explain the reasons for refusal Posted out at least 5 school days before the appeal hearing is to take place
Additional information relevant to the appeal may be submitted to the clerk for distribution. Information submitted after this deadline will not be considered unless the chair of the appeal panel specifically agrees to this. Up to two school days before the appeal hearing is to take place
The decision of the Appeal Panel will be notified to the appellant(s) in writing. Posted out within five school days following the appeal hearing