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School Admission Appeals

If your application for a school place is refused you have the right of appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This is known as a School Admission Appeal.

To appeal you need to complete a form. The letter informing you that your application has been refused will include details of who you need to contact to obtain an appeal form.

School Admission Appeals are organised for the majority of schools in Poole by the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel within the Council’s Democratic Services Team. Appeals for September 2018 are normally held between May and July 2018 (term-time only). 

Appeals for Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils. An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class to over thirty pupils will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, as the Appeal Panel’s powers are limited by legislation.

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Reception, Years 1 and 2 for further information about the appeal process for infant class appeals.

Appeals for Years 3 to 13

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Years 3-13 for further information about the appeal process for these year groups.

When will Admission Appeal dates be set?

The School Admissions Appeals Code requires all school admission authorities to publish their proposed admission appeal arrangements for the normal year of entry in September each year, on their websites by 28 February. 

Offers of school places for September 2018 are made on 1 March 2018 (Secondary) and 16 April 2018 (Reception and transfer to Junior and Middle school) and so it is difficult to publish exact dates. Until such time as offers are accepted or refused it cannot be known how many, if any, appeals will be heard for individual schools

The local authority, as the admission authority for all Community schools, has set the following dates for admission appeals for admission to the point of entry year in September 2018:

  • Reception: between June and July 2018

  • Junior and Middle school transfer: between June and July 2018.

For Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy schools that are organised by the Council’s Democratic Services Team, appeals will be heard between May and July 2018.

Appeal forms received after 27 June 2018 are not likely to be heard until after the start of the September 2018 term. Therefore, it is recommended that forms are submitted at an early stage to avoid disappointment.

Please note that appeals for the following schools are not administered by the Council’s Democratic Services:

If you wish to appeal for any of the above schools, please contact the school directly or use the alternative contact details, and they will be able to advise you of when to expect an appeal to be heard.

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