Admission Appeals Process

Admission Appeals

Appeals Timetable in accordance with the School Admissions Appeal Code 2012 and

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2021.   

Primary admission appeals to be heard between 6 June 2022 and 22 July 2022   

a) Deadline for Lodging Appeals: 16 May 2022. Appeal forms received within the deadline will be heard between 6 June 2022 and 22 July 2022. We aim to hear all appeals lodged within the normal timescales before 22 July 2022, however some appeals may be heard during August.

b) Appellants will receive notice of the date of their appeal hearing at least 14 calendar days before the hearing date and, where possible, up to 21 calendar days ahead of the date.

c) Appellants must submit their additional evidence and the admission authority to submit their evidence at least 14 calendar days prior to the hearing date.

d) Decision letters will be sent to appellants within 7 calendar days of the hearing, or, where multiple appeals for a school are heard on more than one day within 7 calendar days of the last hearing day for that school.

Notice date: 31 December 2021 

The law states that infant classes must be limited to a maximum of 30 children which has an impact on how an appeal is considered. An appeal for a Reception place can only be upheld in very limited circumstances.

There are three circumstances which an appeal panel can uphold an appeal for a school; if an appeal does not satisfy any of these conditions then it cannot be upheld.

These conditions are:

  • the child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented
  • the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and/or
  • the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case. Unreasonable in this sense means irrational - a decision which was 'perverse in the light of the admissions arrangements'.

All appellants must now appeal online to the Croydon Independent Appeals Service. For an appeal form and information please visit:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/feedback/appeals

KS1 In year appeals

In-year appeals will be heard within 30 school days of receipt of their online appeal form.

In year admission appeals must be submitted online using the relevant appeal form available via the link above.

The following documents are available to download:

 

Note: the information provided on your common application form about your school preferences and your order of preference is confidential but information about the ranked position of a school may be released to a school or academy admission authority or to another local authority. The common application form itself may be released for admission appeal purposes.

School admission appeals are heard by an independent panel. The Admission Authority will explain to the panel why a place could not be allocated for your son/daughter. You will need to state to the independent panel the reasons why your son/daughter should be given a place despite the fact that the school is up to its 30 place limit per class.

Key Stage 2 (year 3) and onwards - in year appeals

If you have not been offered a place for your child at Beecholme Primary School you have a right of appeal under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as amended by the Education Act 2001).

If you wish to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at Beecholme you must complete the School Admission Appeals - Year 3 onwards form: available on the Croydon website: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/feedback/appeals