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Appeal Information 2020

Appeals General Information

The Department for Education has passed emergency regulations that introduce flexibility in the way that appeals are held, given the current social distancing measures in place.  They have also amended some of the deadlines surrounding the timescales.  The Appeals Team within the Local Authority as well as every admission authority in the county that makes arrangements for independent appeals to be heard, will be investigating ways of dealing with appeals using written representations, as well as bringing panels together via telephone or other means. Please see below the information in relation to appeals and how to appeal for different types of schools

You may lodge an appeal for any school that you have been refused a place. An appeal must be lodged in writing and must include the grounds upon which the appeal is made. In the case of a Community or Voluntary Controlled Schools it should be sent to this office.  The Department for Education, however has now extended the deadline for lodging an appeal.  The revised deadline now set, by which parents must submit their full reasons for appeal, is 29th May 2020.


Appeals Information for St John’s Middle School

If you wish to make an appeal to St John’s Middle School, then the appeal must be lodged and sent direct to the Governing Body of the school by email to [email protected].  This should be sent before the deadline of the 29th May 2020. 

Given the current circumstances St John’s priority at the moment is to provide childcare for vulnerable children and those that are children of key workers.  Please be patient and we will deal with your request as soon as we are able. 

The appeal statement you provide MUST be documented and include the full grounds upon which the appeal is being made. The appeal must be submitted by 29th May 2020 and must be sent to Jean Gagen, School Admissions Officer at [email protected] 

Your child’s name will automatically be placed onto the waiting list at St John’s Middle School.

It is vitally important that parents document the full reasons why they wish to appeal against the decision, including reasons why they require a place at a particular school and their personal circumstances.  The appeal panels need to understand fully, your personal reasons as it will not be possible to meet the panel and discuss this in person.  Therefore it is really important that you document everything you wish them to consider.  All of the information in relation to the individual cases will be provided to all parties, including the panel, parent and presenting officer from the Local Authority in advance of the hearing date. The Clerk to the panel will arrange, where possible, for you to participate in a questioning of the case session by telephone.  This is not to present the cases, as these will be circulated and read fully prior to the appeal.  The telephone session will give the panel and parent an opportunity to raise questions in relation to the case for the school, and the panel and presenting officer will have the opportunity to raise questions to parents in relation to their individual written submission.  It is also possible for the appeal to be decided on the written information submitted only and in some cases this may be the only way the appeal can be dealt with.

You will be provided with 14 calendar days notice of when your appeal will take place.  Please be aware that given the current situation, it may not be possible to conclude all of the appeal hearings before the start of the autumn term, the regulations come into force on 24 April 2020 and will continue to apply to appeals that are already underway but which have not yet concluded on or before 31 January 2021.  Appeals will be scheduled as soon as it is reasonable to do so.