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Admission Appeals

Appeal Dates and Information

If a parent is dissatisfied with the school’s decision not to admit their child(ren), they have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel against that decision. The determination of the panel will be made in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code and will be binding on all parties.

Where possible St John’s Church of England School will seek to use the independent appeals service provided by the local authority.

For In-year applications, parents should contact the school directly in the first instance.

Appeals should be made, in writing, to the Governing Body within 20 school days from the date of notification that the application was unsuccessful.

The following table sets out the timelines within which appeals must be heard.

Appeals resulting from in-year admission applications or immediate entry will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission in September 2020 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Primary School outcome date 16 April 2021



Last date for lodging Appeal Forms

Monday 17th May 2021

Appeal hearing dates

All appeals will be held by 22 July 2021

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least;


Evidence and papers for the hearing


Date by which the Clerk sends appeal papers including the school’s case to the parents, the panel and the admission authority

Statutory 10 clear school days’ in advance of the hearing.


7 clear working days in advance of the appeal hearing.

Additional evidence from the appellants

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial appeal, they must make sure that it is received no later than:


Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

The Appeal Panel must decide whether it should be considered taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.



To be RECEIVED by 5.00pm on the day preceding three (3) clear working days prior to the appeal hearing.


Decision letters sent to the Appellants. (The letter that informs the appellant if their appeal has been upheld or refused.)


within 5 school days of the appeal hearing wherever possible.


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