Appeal against a School Admission Decision
Here you can find out how to submit an appeal against a school admission decision.
Submitting Your Appeal
The first step is to complete the on-line Appeal against admission decision form - Primary School / Appeal against admission decision form - Secondary School which will be sent to the Clerk. You may appeal for a place for your child at more than one school, if you have been refused a place.
The Clerk is responsible for the administration of your appeals and is based in the Strategic Support Unit.
The Next Step
The Clerk will acknowledge receipt of your form as soon as possible and will send a copy of your appeal to the Education Service of the Local Authority (LA), West Berkshire District Council.
The Education Service will prepare a statement detailing how the school's admission criteria have been applied and the reason they or the school have been unable to offer your child a place at your preferred school.
The Education Service also supply to the Clerk copies of any relevant previous correspondence with the LA or the school. All this information will be circulated to you and the Appeal Committee, unless you have asked otherwise.
All the written information you have provided to the Clerk will be circulated to the Appeal Committee. You can submit written material in support of your appeal right up to the appeal date, although it assists if you submit the material earlier.
If possible you will receive 14 days (10 working days) notice of the date and time of your appeal. Appeals normally take place at the Council Offices and you will be sent details of how to get there and the procedure to be followed at the appeal, together with the LA's statement which will be attached, along with a copy of all the information that will be put before the Committee.
Appeals are timetabled and every effort is made to keep to your appointed time. There is, however, occasionally some delay if previous appeals have taken longer than expected.
There is no right of appeal to the Secretary of State for Education, but you are entitled to write to the Secretary of State about any aspect of your child's education. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) can consider complaints from you if you consider the Committee or Authority has not followed proper procedures. More information can be found at LGO - complaints about school admissions.
This guide has been compiled to help you make your appeal for the school of your choice and is intended for guidance only. The legal basis for Appeal Committees is contained in the Education Act 1996 - Schedule 33.