Appealing for a place for your child
What is involved?
If you have made an application for your child to start school, change school or commence secondary education, and they have not been offered a place at the school you want, it is possible to appeal the decision. The appeal process involves completing a written application, with evidence where relevant.
Your appeal may be successful if:
- The admission criteria do not comply with the school admissions appeal code
- The admission arrangements haven’t been properly followed
- The decision to refuse your child a place wasn’t reasonable
Why choose Freeths?
- We can guide you through the process, appeal form completion and preparation for the tribunal hearing
- Our nationally renowned family lawyers can advise on all issues relating to school appeals
- We will reliably assist you in meeting the strict timescale and process of your appeal
- You can trust our team to take a sensitive, empathetic approach to your personal situation
- We are ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers for family law advice
Call our friendly, professional family team to find out how we can help you.
Your grounds for appeal will depend on which type of school place your child has applied for.
The appeal is made in writing and then a hearing date is set. It is important that you comply with the strict appeal process and timetable. Our lawyers can assist with understanding the grounds for appeal, and advising on the legality of the admission code or place allocation. We will help you to ensure your best possible case is presented to the tribunal on time.
Your appeal is heard by an independent tribunal. First, the admission authority (the school or council) will give their evidence, explaining why a place was not given to your child. You will then have your chance to explain why you believe your child should have been given a place at the school requested.
The tribunal will check whether the specific school admissions criteria complies with the legal school admissions code. If the criteria were not properly followed or are illegal, your appeal will be upheld. If the criteria were legally appropriate and properly followed, the tribunal will be asked to decide if the reasons for why your child should be admitted outweigh the school’s reasons for rejecting your application.
It is vitally important that you comply with the strict appeal process and timetable. We can assist with understanding the grounds for appeal, and advising on the legality of the admission code/place allocation. We can also guide you through the process, form completion and preparation for the hearing to ensure your best possible case is presented to the tribunal.
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