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School Admission Appeal
In-Year Primary School Admissions (Years 3 – 6) We will acknowledge that we have received your form within five working days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please telephone 020 7926 2170 to check we have received your form. Please note that we only do appeals for the following community schools:
Please read the following points and the accompanying guidance note before completing this form:
You must be appealing against the decision not to offer your child a place at a Lambeth Community School (see above for complete list). For any other school such as a foundation or voluntary aided primary school, please contact those schools directly for information on how to appeal. However, if you wish to appeal for Herbert Morrison PrimarySchool, you must complete a different form as this school has fewer than 30 pupils (non-infant class size). Please contact us for further details.
You must have received written notification from Lambeth School Admissions Team that your child has not been offered a place at one of the schools listed above for which you have applied.
If you are appealing for more than one school, please complete a separate form for each school.
Admission appeals are held during the daytime on weekdays.
If your child is offered a place after you have submitted this form, please let us know.
Appeals will be heard in line with the Admissions Appeals Code that came into force on 1 February 2012.
Please complete this form on paper and then either scan and email it or post the form to the contact details given at the bottom of the form.
Timetable – In-year applications
The letter rejecting your application for a place at the school should state a deadline for appealing the decision that must be at least 20 school days after the rejection notification.
The Clerk to the appeal panel will, on receiving your appeal form, send you an acknowledgement letter to confirm receipt.
You will be given at least 10 school days’ notice of the appeal date (unless you agree to a shorter time period).
Your appeal must be heard within 30 school days of your appeal form being received
When notifying you of the appeal date you will be given a deadline to submit any additional papers for the appeal.
The submissions from the parent and the admissions authority will be distributed to the panel members and each party in advance of the hearing.
Late appeal forms and Late Applications
Forms received after the deadlines listed above or in-year appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged whichever is the later date.
Forms received after the closing date will be dealt with only after those received by the closing date have been processed. Places will be offered at any school where vacancies remain using the admission authorities’ admissions criteria.
What does the law say?
The School Standards & Framework Act 1998 gives parents the right to express a preference as to the school they would like their child to attend. The admission’s authority must comply with this preference unless it would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources. Parents may appeal against any decision of the admissions authority to an Appeals Panel.
How can I appeal?
You should complete this appeal form and return it to the address on the last page by the date specified above. You should give as much written detail as possible about why the school allocated is not a reasonable offer and your reasons for wanting a place at your preferred school. You should also submit any other documentation that you feel would be helpful to your case. Copies of all the papers provided will be sent to the Appeal Panel Members before the Appeal Hearing.
Please be advised that you should only include supporting documents that relates to the information included on your original application. This must be information that the local authority has already seen and was considered as part of the application. If the supporting documents are new, these must be sent to the Admissions Team in the first instance so that the local authority may consider these, and cannot form part of an appeal until such time is available for their review and consideration.
How are appeal decisions made?
Appeal Panels are required to follow the national School Admission Appeals Code governing the reasons why they can and cannot uphold appeals. This states that the decisions to uphold an admission appeal and admit a child to a school where they have not been offered a place can only be made in specific circumstances. Please refer to the guidance note which provides useful information on the appeals process and what factors are considered when your appeal is heard.
If you feel you will need assistance at the hearing in order to understand all that is said, we would encourage you to bring a friend or relative along. In our experience they are likely to have an understanding of your case and circumstances and you are likely to feel comfortable in talking to them as the hearing proceeds. If you cannot bring a friend or relative, the Clerk may be able to book an interpreter to assist you at the hearing. If you require an interpreter, please contact us on the telephone number or email address below.
What happens if I need an interpreter at the appeal?
You may have an interpreter at your appeal hearing. Please confirm this appeal form which language is required.
Why have I not been given a place at any of my preferred school(s)?
The outcome letter you have received gives the reasons why it has not been possible to offer a place at your preferred school(s). Where the Local Authority is unable to offer a place at one of your preferred schools through the co-ordinated process it will offer you a place at the nearest school with a vacancy. The Local Authority considers the school where your child has been allocated a place a reasonable offer, in that it is able to accommodate your child without prejudicing the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.
Can I appeal for more than one school?
Yes, you can appeal for more than one school. You will need to complete this form for each appeal. Appeals for more than one school are normally considered by different Appeal Panels.
All appeals for the same school must be heard by the same panel and all decisions taken at the same time. Therefore if you are unable to make the appeal date given it is unlikely that we would be able to move your appeal and it would therefore be heard on the basis of the written evidence submitted.
What happens if other parents are appealing for places in the same year group and school as I am?
Where several parents are appealing for place in the same school, every effort is made to ensure that all these appeals are heard by the same Panel on the same day. Such appeals are known as multiple appeals. However, each case made by a parent is considered individually and the Appeal Panel’s decision is made on the merits of that case.
What happens next?
You will receive a letter from the Independent Clerk to the Panel acknowledging your appeal and confirming the place, date and time of the appeal hearing. The letter will also give full details of the appeals procedure and will tell you how the members of the appeal Panel are chosen. You will be invited to attend the appeal to put your case in person. If you wish, you may also be accompanied by a friend or have a representative present your case for you. If you cannot attend the appeal hearing, your case can be heard in your absence. The Appeal Panel will consider your written representations before coming to a decision.
When will I know the result of my appeal?
The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will write to you within 5 days to give you the decision of the Appeal Panel.
What can I do if I am not satisfied with the result of my appeal?
The admission appeal procedures are designed to ensure that all parents have had a fair hearing. The decision of the Appeal Panel is binding on the Local Authority and there is no further right of appeal.
You may complain about maladministration on the part on an appeal panel to the Education Funding Agency in respect of maintained schools and you may complain to the Secretary of State in respect of appeal panels for Academy Schools.
Further information about the Local Government Ombudsman:
The Local Government Ombudsman can investigate complaints about maladministration on the part of an appeal panel for a maintained school. A complaint to an Ombudsman is not a further appeal. It must relate to the administration of an appeal rather than the appeal decision. Maladministration covers issues such as failure to follow correct procedures or failure to act independently and fairly. It does not cover the merits of decisions that only the panel has the authority to make. Therefore, generally, the Ombudsman cannot consider whether the appeal panel was correct to uphold or dismiss the appeal.
The Ombudsman is not able to overturn the appeal panel’s decision but, where they find that there has been maladministration, they may make recommendations for a suitable remedy. For example, they may recommend that an appeal is reheard by a different panel and with a different clerk.
For further information about the LGO please visit www.lgo.org.uk or call the LGO Advice Team on 0300 061 0614 or 0845 602 1983 or write to:
The Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Can I have a second appeal?
Appellants do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the admission authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission. The Local Government Ombudsman; or the Admission Authority may arrange a second appeal if there were faults in the administration or procedure of an appeal that may have affected the outcome.
Can my child go on the waiting list?
On receipt of your request for appeal papers, your child’s name is automatically put on the waiting list for the school(s) for which you are appealing. You may also request that your child’s name is put on the waiting list for any school in the borough. All you need to do is to write to Admissions Services with the name, address and date of birth of your child. You will also need to give name(s) of the school(s) you are interested in so we can add your child’s name to the waiting lists.
Admission to a school at times other than the main allocation
A place will be offered at the preferred school if a vacancy exists in the appropriate year group. If it is not possible to meet parents’ preference because the school is full in that year group, a place will be offered at the nearest school with a vacancy. Admission of one child to a school does not give a right of admission for sisters or brothers, if places are not available for all at the same time.
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides free, independent advice on the admissions and appeals process and a range of education issues including bullying, exclusion, SEN and attendance. For advice visit www.ace-ed.org.uk or call their general enquiries line on 0300 0115 142.
How places were made on Pan London Offer Day (16 April 2015) – Lambeth Primary Schools
What was the date that you were informed in writing via the online admission portal of the decision to refuse your child a place?
Have you appealed in respect of this child before?
If yes, please state when and for which School(s):
Attendance at the hearing (please tick)
Will you be attending the appeal hearing in person?
Do you wish someone to represent you at the hearing?
Do you wish to call a witness to attend the appeal hearing?
Are there any dates you are unable to attend the appeal hearing?
If you answered YES to (B) and/or (C), please give the name and occupation of your representative and/or witness:
If you answer YES to (D), please indicate the dates:
If you have any other needs and/ or require specific arrangements to be made to enable you to attend an appeal hearing, please provide details:
Appeal Information continued PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY IN CAPITALS, BLACK INK AND COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS
Admission arrangements failed to comply with the legislation and statutory code:
Admission arrangements were not correctly and/or impartially applied:
Admission of additional child does not prejudice the efficient education or use of resources:
My child’s case for admission to the school outweighs any prejudice caused to the school:
(Please continue on a separate sheet if you wish)
To be completed by the Parent/Carer PLEASE PRINT IN BLOCK CAPITALS, BLACK INK AND COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS
Notice of Hearing In relation to the hearing dates listed above, the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel is required to give you at least 10 school days’ notice of the hearing date unless you are happy to waive this notice period. (This may result in the case papers being sent to you a few days before the hearing instead of the usual timescale). If you are in agreement that the notice period may be waived then please complete below (if you do not complete this section then you will be given the full 10 school days’ notice of hearing).
I confirm that I am willing to accept less than 10 school days’ notice of hearing:
Name of Parent / Carer:
If any of the details or arrangements on this form changes please notify us as soon as possible. Please sign below and return your completed form to the address at the bottom of this page:
Relationship to appellant (please delete):
Parent / Carer
Name of Parent / Carer:
Please return this form to: Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RD
Tel: 020 7926 2170
Fax: 020 7926 2361
Email: email@example.com We will acknowledge that we have received your form within five working days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please telephone 020 7926 2170 to check we have received your form.