Appeals Process

If you have been refused a place at a school you have named in your application, you have the legal right to appeal against that decision. Good grounds for appeal would be, for example:

  • The Admissions Committee failed to properly apply the admissions criteria or failed to follow the published procedure for dealing with admissions rules and regulations

You may decide that you have grounds for appeal other than those set out above, however, Bishopshalt School is very heavily over-subscribed, thus good grounds for appeal would normally be based on a claim that the Governors and/or the admissions authority have not applied their rules fairly rather than disappointment at not having been offered a place.

Appeals are held before an independent panel of at least 3 people, who consider the case put forward by both the appellant and the admission authority.  It comes to an independent conclusion as to whether the admission authority should admit the child. Appeal panels perform a judicial function and must be independent, impartial and transparent in their decision-making at all times. Its decisions are binding, unless overturned by the courts.

Number of appeals held in the last 5 years

Appeals Logged

Appeals Heard

Appeals Upheld

Appeals Rejected

Year

15

8

0

8

2018

16

7

1

6

2019

14

4

0

4

2020

11

2

0

2

2021

26

14

0

14

2022

Appeal Timetable

Date appeals to be heard

The Appeal Panel will meet and hold the Appeal Hearing approximately 40 school days after the deadline for lodging Appeals.

Notice of Appeal Hearing

You will be given at least 10 school days notice of the Hearing date.

Submission and Exchange of all paperwork

Documents must be submitted at least 10 school days before the appeal hearing date.

Deadline for parent(s) / guardian(s) to submit late paperwork

Late paperwork can be submitted up to five school days before the appeal hearing date.  If submitted later the documents may NOT be accepted by panel.

Date for late application appeal hearings

Where possible late application appeal hearings should be heard at the same time as previously scheduled appeals.  If this is not possible we will endeavour to hear the Appeal within 30 school days of the appeal lodge date.

Timescale for the appeal hearing decision

The clerk to the independent appeals panel will aim to post letters outlining your appeal hearing decision within 5 school days of the end of the hearings. This timescale is subject to the volume of appeals, circumstances and conditions.

Parents are strongly encouraged to meet all deadlines as delays may cause unnecessary disruption and complications.