We at Olliers appreciate the stressful and emotional time that you as parents go through when you have been refused a place for your child at the school of your choice. The decision not to offer your child a place in your preferred school can have a detrimental effect not only on your child but also on your family as a whole.
Your Right to Appeal
If your child has been refused a place, you have the right to appeal against the decision and there is no limit to the grounds upon which appeals can be made, the appeal panel can overturn a decision to refuse your child a place if certain criteria are satisfied.
When making their decision on whether to uphold your appeal, the appeal panel must follow a two stage process for all appeals except for infant classes.
The appeal panel must consider whether the admission arrangements have complied with the mandatory requirements set out in the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the School Admissions Code, they must also consider whether admission arrangements were correctly applied to your case.
If admission arrangements have not been complied with then your appeal must be upheld at this stage and your child must be offered a place at the school. If your appeal is not upheld at stage 1 then the panel must go on to consider Stage 2.
The appeal panel must balance your child’s case against the prejudice to the school. If the panel considers that your case outweighs that of the schools and it would be unreasonable not to admit your child, the appeal must be upheld at this stage.
By law, infant classes must not contain more that 30 children with a single teacher and so admission can be refused if additional children will seriously prejudice the school. There are only limited grounds in which the appeal can be overturned.
Advice and Assistance
The decision of the appeal panel is final and so you will only be able to make another application to the same school after one year unless there has been a material change in your circumstances, therefore it is vital that you are fully prepared. At Olliers we offer a range of services to support parents going through this difficult time, ranging from simple advice to representation at the appeal hearing.