Appealing against a School Admission Decision
How to appeal against a school admission decision
If you've been informed that following your application it has not been possible to offer your child a place at the school of your choice, you have the right to appeal against the decision.
The council produces a Guide to Admission Appeals [67kb] that gives details of how the appeal process works and what you can expect if you decide to appeal.
A summary of the process is as follows:
Submitting your appeal
An appeal form should be completed and returned as soon as possible after receiving the decision that your child has not been offered a place. You're allowed a minimum of 20 school days to submit an appeal - the notification of the decision you receive will tell you what the deadline for appeal will be. You can still provide additional supporting information after the appeal form has been submitted but needs to be sent before the hearing takes place.
The next step
Once your appeal form has been received, it will be acknowledged as soon as possible and arrangements will be put in place for an Independent Appeal Panel to hear your appeal. You will be given 10 school days notice of the date, time and location of the appeal hearing. You will also be sent a statement from West Berkshire Council or the School's Governing Body (depending on whom the admission authority is for the school) and any other information or documents relating to your appeal.
The Appeal Panel will meet and consider your appeal. You'll be able to attend and present your case to the panel, and they'll let you know about the outcome within five school days.
There is no right of appeal against the Appeal Panel's decision, but if you consider that the appeals procedure has not been carried out properly, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGE). Further information can be found at Local Government Ombudsman - complaints about school admissions.