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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. Information on how you can appeal will be sent in the decision letter.

Appeal hearings are held during the working day but they are not held during the school holidays.

You will receive written notification of the date, time and arrangements for your appeal no later than 10 school days before the hearing. 

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.

Year 7 September 2021 Appeals Timetable

The National Offer Day (when decisions were emailed or posted to parents) was 1 March 2021. The deadline for lodging appeals is 2 April 2021 (appeals will be heard within 40 school days of this deadline). Appeals not received by the deadline may have to be heard in September.  

School  Date 
Cowley International College  Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 May 2021
Rainford High  Thursday 27 May 2021
St Cuthbert's Catholic High  Monday 7 June 2021
Rainhill High  Tuesday 8 June 2021
Hope Academy Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June 2021
The Sutton Academy Monday 14 June 2021
De La Salle Friday 18 June 2021

Reception Year 2021 Appeals Timetable

The National Offer Day (when decisions are emailed or posted to parents) is 16 April 2021. The deadline for lodging appeals is 21 May 2021 (appeals will be heard within 40 school days of this deadline). Appeal hearings will be scheduled throughout June and July. Appeals not received by the deadline may have to be heard in September. 

In-year Transfer Appeals

For in-year admission appeals, the hearing will be scheduled within 30 school days of being received.

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.

Government regulations limit the size of an infant class (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) with one teacher to 30 pupils.

This means the admission authority for the relevant school can refuse to give a child a place if it would take the class over 30 pupils and cause 'class-size prejudice'. Only in very limited circumstances can admission over the limit of 30 pupils be allowed.

The grounds for allowing an infant class size appeal are extremely restricted and the panel can only allow these appeals on very limited grounds; for example, either the admission authority has not processed the application correctly or the decision to refuse was completely unreasonable.   

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