How to appeal my child's school place

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on School Admission Appeals

We are monitoring government guidance and currently considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on School Admission Appeals. The Independent Appeal Panel Members are unpaid and trained volunteers so there may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing appeals this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

If you are not happy with the school you’ve been offered for your child, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel under the School Standards and Framework Act.

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Process of appeal

You have the right to appeal if your child has not been issued with either:

  • a proposed statement of special educational needs or
  • a final statement of special educational needs and you do not wish to accept the place offered at another school

Appeals for community and voluntary controlled schools are arranged by South Gloucestershire Council Legal and Democratic Services.

Appeals for academies, voluntary aided and foundation schools are the responsibility of the academy trust or governing body.

The appeal must be in writing and include:

  • the full name, address and date of birth of the child
  • the name(s) of the preferred school’s
  • the reasons for the preference
  • the grounds for the appeal

You can appeal for more than one school, however each appeal must be made separately in writing.

Timetable for appeals

Admission appeal timetable - 2020

Appeals for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools should be sent to:
South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Children, Adults and Health
Admissions and Transport
PO Box 1955
Bristol
BS37 0DE

If you do not wish to make a formal appeal, you can ask to be considered for any available places at your child’s preferred school.  If your child has been issued with a proposed or final Statement of Special Educational Needs and has not been offered a place at the preferred school, you can appeal against the local authority’s decision to The First-Tier Tribunal -Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).  Further details can be obtained by contacting: First Tier Tribunal (HESC) Special Educational Needs & Disability, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, DL3 9BG Tel: 01325 992760

Further applications and appeals

If an appeal is dismissed, there is no automatic right for a further appeal to be granted.  You may however reapply for a place at the same school in a later academic year and have a right of appeal if unsuccessful.

If you decide to reapply in the same academic year, a further appeal will not be considered unless there are significant and material changes in your circumstances as parent, your child or the school since the time of the original application.  A significant and material change in circumstances would include:

  • where a change of address has occurred which means the home address is significantly closer to the preferred school or is now in the Area of Prime Responsibility for the preferred school
  • where a sibling link has been created at the preferred school which was not there at the time of the original appeal
  • where new evidence is introduced and is supported by a letter from a doctor, psychologist, social worker or health visitor, which could not have been introduced at the time of the original appeal hearing

These notes are intended to act as examples of circumstances which may warrant a further appeal.  Parents may submit a case for the authority to consider a further appeal if there are other reasons which could not have been submitted at the time of the original application and appeal hearing, which they feel should be taken into account.  All requests for a further appeal should be made in writing to:

South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Children, Adults and Health
Admissions and Transport Team
PO Box 1955
Bristol
BS37 0DE

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