Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Admission Appeals - update 05/05/20
Year 7 transition appeals and Reception transition appeals
Following the postponement of admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government have brought in temporary regulatory changes to the School Admission Appeals Code 2012. The temporary regulations will remain in place until 31 January 2021 and allow us to continue with admission appeal hearings whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
All admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will now be heard on the basis of written representation only. This process will allow for all transition appeals to be heard by September. Hearings will be scheduled throughout June, July and August.
For more detail on the process please read the three documents below.
At the current time, the In-Year admissions process remains closed. When the process does re-open, appeals will be considered as per the written process, in the first instance.
How to appeal a school place decision
In Cambridgeshire, we administer admissions appeals on behalf of all maintained schools, including academies. All appeals are held in accordance with the Department for Education's School Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeal Code. The purpose of these codes is to ensure that the admission appeal panel is independent and that appeals are conducted in a fair, transparent and lawful way.
You are legally entitled to appeal against the admission authority’s decision to refuse a place at your preferred school(s). Accepting a place at an alternative school does not affect your child’s place on the reserve list for your preferred school(s), or your right of appeal. Your appeal will be heard by an independent school admission appeals panel. The panel's decision is binding on all parties: the school, the admission authority and you.
Infant class size appeals
Infant class size legislation does not allow a place to be offered where there would be more than 30 children in an infant class. This refers to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. In an infant class size appeal, a panel may only uphold the appeal where:
- it finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit
- it finds that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied
- it decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
How to appeal for a school place
To begin the appeals process, you will need to complete the appropriate appeal form and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can return the form by post:
School Admissions Appeals Officer
OCT1221, The Octagon, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
When you complete the appeal form, please give as much information as you can about why you wish to appeal, and provide as much evidence as possible to support your case.