Year 7 School Appeal Form for children born between 1/9/2006 and 31/8/2007
Appeal against the refusal of a place in Year 7 for September 2018
- Only use this form for children born between 1/9/2006 and 31/8/2007
- You can only appeal if you have been refused a place at a school you named as a preference on your application.
- You can only appeal for schools you applied for and were refused a place at.
- Only use this form to appeal for a place for your child in Year 7 in September 2018.
- Only use this form to appeal for schools whose appeals are managed by Birmingham City Council. If the school you wish to appeal for is not on this list, contact the school directly for details of their appeals arrangements.
- If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you must contact the Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service on 0121 303 1888.
- The closing date for appeals is 29 March 2018
Before deciding to appeal
Please consider the following carefully:
- Do you have compelling reasons why your child should attend the school(s) you applied for and were refused at?
- Would your child be particularly disadvantaged by not attending the school(s) you applied for and were refused at?
- Any there exceptional circumstances which would prevent your child from attending the school they have been offered?
- Has a mistake been made which meant your child wasn’t offered a place at a school you applied for?
- Do you have any evidence to support your appeal, eg hospital or doctor’s documents?
- Look at the statistics below for the number of appeals that were successful in previous years
- If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you must contact the Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service on 0121 303 1888
The appeals process
The table below shows the number of appeals submitted and allowed for schools whose appeals are managed by Birmingham City Council
Consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful. Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a particular school.
No of appeals heard
No and % of appeals allowed
However, all appeals must follow the same independent process. Three panel members, each independent of the council and the schools they are hearing appeals for, will consider appeals and make decisions. They are supported by a clerk, who will ensure the proper process is followed and can offer legal advice. The clerk plays no part in the decision making process but will record the decision and send it to the parent and school.
- If you are appealing for one or more of the schools managed by Birmingham City Council, submit your appeal here before the deadline of 29 March 2018. For schools which manage their own appeals, please contact the schools direct for their appeals arrangements.
- You can only appeal for schools you applied for and were refused a place at. Any other schools you include on the form will be ignored.
- You can only appeal for one school per form. If you wish to appeal for more than one school, you must complete additional forms.
- You must complete all sections of the form.
- If you submit an appeal after the deadline, there is no guarantee that your appeal will be heard before the beginning of September.
- You must set out your reasons for wanting a place for your child at a particular school, so the independent panel can consider the strength of your case (see above: Before deciding to appeal).
- Include your evidence with the appeal form. If you don’t have it to hand, you can submit further information as long as it is received before the deadline for the submission of further evidence so the panel has time to consider it. For schools whose appeals are managed by Birmingham City Council, this is 12 days before your appeal hearing.
- The clerk to the independent panel will give you at least 10 days’ notice of the date and time of your appeal hearing so you can attend in person to put your case and answer any questions. You are strongly encouraged to attend the hearing and can bring a relative, friend or representative with you. The notice of the date and time of your appeal will give you an opportunity to ask for an interpreter to help you if you have difficulty speaking and understanding English.
The appeal hearing
- The appeal hearing will be in two parts. The first part will set out why the school cannot admit any more pupils over and above those already offered.
- If there are a number of appeals for a particular school this part may be held in the presence of all parents, as it is about the principle of admitting any more children, not your child. Both you and the panel can ask questions. If the independent appeal panel agree that the school cannot admit any more children, they will proceed to hearing parents’ individual reasons for wanting a place at the school.
- This part will be heard in private and only the three panel members, their clerk and the person presenting the school’s case will be present. You will be able to set out why your child should be admitted to the school. The panel and person presenting the school’s case can ask you questions.
Decisions of the appeal panel
- When all the appeals for a school have been heard, the panel will make decisions on each. The clerk will write to you with the decision and the reasons for it within 5 school days of the appeal hearing.
- The decision of the appeal panel is binding on all parties. It cannot be overturned by City Councillors, MPs or even the Secretary of State. However, if you feel that the process has not been carried out correctly, you can refer the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman. If the Ombudsman agrees that the process hasn’t been followed correctly, he/she can request that a fresh appeal is heard, but this will not necessarily result in a different decision.