Appeals

Admissions appeals for September 2022 entry

If your child has been refused admission to our academy, you have a legal right to appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeals Panel, which is managed on behalf of the Academy by Lambeth Council.

Appeals timetable can be accessed via Lambeth Council

Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale; Lambeth will endeavour to carry this out in the timescales shown.

Appeals must be submitted no later than 20 school days after you receive written notification of the outcome of your application for a school place. Any appeals received after this deadline are unlikely to be considered unless applicants are able to demonstrate extenuating circumstances which prevented the appeal from being submitted on time.

Any appeals submitted after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is the later date.

In-year admission appeals (for parents applying for school places in the middle of a school year) will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal being lodged.

If you wish to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place, then please appeal via Lambeth Council using the forms available here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): arrangements for School Admission Appeals

Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Department for Education has extended the temporary regulations in place to make School Admission Appeals more flexible until 30 September 2021. The key changes are: • where face-to-face hearings cannot take place, hearings should be conducted by telephone or video conference • if telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals can be carried out in writing • appeals lodged as part of the main admissions round should be determined before the start of the September term, wherever possible

The changes mean:

· admission authorities will have sufficient time to deal with the annual peak in appeals for children due to start new schools at the beginning of September 2021

· parents will continue to have the right to appeal to any school which has refused their child a place

Summary of changes

The new regulations:

· disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, video conference or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing

· relax the rules with regard to what happens if one of the 3 panel members withdraws (temporarily or permanently) to make it permissible for the panel to continue with and conclude the appeal as a panel of 2

· amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force

Further information for Parents https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admission-appeals

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