Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Admission Appeals
Updated - 24/03/20
In light of recent government guidance around social distancing and advice that non-essential contact be reduced, the Local Authority has taken the following decisions. We will continue to monitor the situation and to seek guidance from the DfE and will continue to keep this message updated.
Year 7 Transition and Reception Appeals
We will postpone the commencement of both the Secondary Year 7 Transition appeals, (was due to start at the beginning of May 2020) and the Reception Transition appeals, (was due to start at the beginning of June 2020).
- You may still submit your appeal form but please be aware that whilst we will acknowledge your appeal, we are not in a position to offer you an appeal hearing date.
- Those who have already submitted an appeal form, will receive communication from us outlining the postponement of their appeal.
As soon as we are in a position to start planning again for the commencement of appeal hearings, we will be in touch with you. Please be assured that local authorities are working closely with the DfE, with the aim of ensuring appeals can be heard before September 2020.
We will postpone all In-Year appeals scheduled to take place up until and post the Easter break. Those who have submitted appeals and received a hearing date, will received separate communication outlining our decision.
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.