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Appealing for a Place

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your application for a school place, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.  You will have the option to appeal if you have applied but this school has been unable to offer your child a place.

For Years 7-11

An appeal must be made by a parent or person with parental responsibility.

For Sixth Form

In the case of appeals for a sixth form place a young person may make and represent themselves at an appeal or they may attend with a parent.

Circumstances when this appeal process does not apply

  1. If your child has been permanently excluded from two or more schools then the right of appeal is suspended for two years.
  2. If your child has a Education Health Care Plan there is a separate appeal process, please phone the Local Authority Team on 01522 553332.

APPEAL DOCUMENTATION

If you have made an application for your son to be considered for a place but he has been refused, and you consider that you have grounds, you may appeal against this decision to an independent panel after a formal refusal through your Home Local Authority has been received.  Please contact the School Appeals Team at Lincolnshire County Council for guidance and to request the relevant documentation, by email at admissionappeals@lincolnshire.gov.uk, or by telephone on 01522 782030.

The latest version of 'A guide to the appeals process' is available to download below or directly from Lincolnshire County Council.

Appeals are heard in office hours during school term time. Where there are several appeals we will always try to group them together.  In planning appeals we will try to hear them avoiding times when parents tell us they are unavailable, but this is not always possible where there are several appeals.

It is important to submit your appeal as soon as possible so that it can be heard at the first available opportunity.  It is also in your best interests to do this as decisions are made after each set of appeals and no account will be taken of any appeals not yet heard.  It is therefore possible that if your appeal is not heard until a later date, decisions will already have been made by the Appeal Panel which could have resulted in an increase in the number of pupils attending the school.

The deadline for submitting appeals to be heard in the block for Year 7 entry 2021 is Noon on 29 March 2021.

The block appeals for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 are co ordinated by the School Admissions Appeal team and their timetable is set out below:

National offer day

1 March 

Appeals deadline

Noon on 29 March 

Appeals hearings begin

TBA

Appeals hearings end

TBA

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic on 24 April 2020, the government made changes to the way admission authorities (school governing bodies, local authorities and academy trusts, depending on the type of school) carried out admission appeals.

The new regulations temporarily amended the 2012 appeals regulations and gave admission authorities, local authorities and admission appeal panels more flexibility when dealing with appeals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The government have now laid new regulations which extend the provisions detailed in the guidance until the 30 September 2021.

The new regulations come into force on 31 January 2021, subject to parliamentary procedure. The guidance will be updated in due course.

In line with the changes, appeals are likely to be held remotely; by video call, by telephone or by written submission.

Links to both the original code and the changes are available below:

School Admission Appeals Code – 2011 Revised Code (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

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