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School Admissions Appeals

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If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you have a right to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeals Panel.

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on school admission appeals

The government has issued new legislation and regulations around how school admission appeals should be conducted.

In line with continued social distancing measures, the regulations remove the requirement for appeals panels to be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either by video conference, telephone or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing.

The regulations also stipulate that appeals cannot be delayed or postponed until they can be heard face-to-face. As a result, St Helens' Independent Appeals Panels Service will be conducting appeals via video conferencing facilities.

Parents who have already submitted an appeal will be contacted with more details by the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel.

If you require an appeal form, please email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk or phone 01744 671027. 

Privacy notice 

The council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the school admissions privacy notice can be downloaded.