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Admission Appeals

Reception Appeals 2021-2022
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021, you can appeal your allocation between 16th April 2021 – 14th May 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard as soon as possible. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeals being lodged. We will update this information if there are any further changes.


Key dates for primary school admissions – 2021
· Primary school applications open: 9.00am on Monday 7th September 2020
· Primary school applications close (national closing date): 5.00pm on Friday 15th January 2021
· Offers sent to parents and carers (national offer date): 16th April 2021
· Places must be accepted or refused by Friday 14th May 2021
· Requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted by Friday 14th May 2021
· Re-allocation of empty places begins on Monday 7th June 2021
· Re-allocation of empty places ends on Friday 31st December 2021


You have the right to appeal for any school named on your application that hasn’t been able to offer your child a place.
You will need to complete an appeal request form, which will be available after offer day, and return it to the school you’re appealing for addressed to the ‘Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel’.


Medway Council isn’t involved in the appeal process for any primary/secondary school or academy.
You can only appeal for schools named on your application.
You can appeal for more than one school at the same time.
You must complete a separate request form for each school you’re appealing for.
Each school won’t know you have appealed for another school unless you tell them. The appeals for each school are completely independent of each other.

After you submit your appeal
After you submit your appeal, a hearing will be set up and you will be invited to attend. You must be given at least 10 school days’ notice.
You should be given a deadline to submit any further evidence you wish to provide.
Your child’s current school may also provide evidence (e.g. letter from the Headteacher) to support your case, but aren’t obligated to. You will need to discuss this with them.
Any evidence submitted after the deadline may not be considered at the hearing.


The hearing
Your appeal will be heard by an independent panel who have no connection to the school.
The panel will decide on whether or not to uphold your appeal and grant your child a place.
You will be invited to the hearing to explain why you think your child should be given a place and the school will be invited to explain why a place can’t be offered.
There will be a clerk present, who makes sure correct procedure is followed throughout and keeps a full record of proceedings.
You have the right to bring a friend or family member to the hearing to support or represent you. However, this person must not have a connection with the school being appealed for (e.g. a member of staff from the school).


What happens at an appeal hearing?
The panel will decide on whether or not to uphold your appeal and grant your child a place.
The admission authority will explain why they turned down your application.
You’ll be able to give your own reasons why your child should be given a place. The appeals panel must decide if the school’s admission arrangements were properly followed and are legal according to the school admissions appeals code.
If the arrangements are legal and were properly followed, the panel must decide if they were followed fairly and thoroughly.
If the arrangements weren’t properly followed or are illegal, your appeal must be upheld.
If your appeal has not already been upheld, the panel will decide if your reasons for your child receiving a place outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting another child.
The panel will send you and the admission authority their decision within 5 school days.
A panel’s decision can only be overturned by a court. If there’s a change in your circumstances which could affect the decision, you may be able to appeal again.


The decision
The independent panel will make their decision after all appeals have been heard.
You will be notified of the decision in writing, usually within five working days of the last appeal.
The decision of the panel is final and can only be overturned by a court. Full details of the appeals process and regulations are available in the School Admissions Appeals Code.



Primary appeal form 2021

Generic Defence Statement – Breach

FAQs for Breach School Appeals