Admission Appeals Process
Reception 2021/2022 - Key Stage 1 Appeals
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'.
Deadlines for completing online appeal forms
Appeals for Beecholme Primary School (part of the PACE Academy Trust) must be completed online using the School Admission Appeals - Years Reception-2 appeal form in the 'Apply for it' section at the top right of this linked site: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/feedback/appeals
Reception Year 2021/2022 appeals for Beecholme Primary School that are completed online by the deadline of Monday, 17th May 2021 will be heard and determined by an appeal panel as soon as reasonably practicable given social distancing guidelines of coronavirus (COVID-19). They aim to hear all appeals lodged within the normal timescales between 7th of June 2021 and 22nd July 2021, however some appeals may be heard during August.
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.
Appellants must submit their additional evidence and the admission authority to submit their evidence at least 14 calendar days prior to the appeal hearing date.
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.
All appellants must now appeal online to the Croydon Independent Appeals Service. No printed or pdf copy forms will be made available for use by appellants apart from in exceptional circumstances where they have no means of appealing online.
For an appeal form and information please visit:
KS1 In year appeals
In-year appeals will be heard and determined by an appeal panel as soon as reasonably practicable given social distancing guidelines of coronavirus (COVID-19). They aim to hear all appeals lodged within the normal timescales before 22nd July 2021, however some appeals may be heard during August.
In year admission appeals must be submitted online using the relevant appeal form available via the link above.
The following document is available to download:
See the Applying for a school place page for more information on school admissions.
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 Primary School you must complete the School Admission Appeals - Year 3 onwards form: available on the Croydon website: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/feedback/appeals
In year appeals
In year appeals will be heard and determined by an appeal panel as soon as reasonably practicable given social distancing guidelines of coronavirus (COVID-19). They aim to hear all appeals lodged within the normal timescales before 22nd July 2021, however some appeals may be heard during August.
For your information:
The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021: