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The school appeals process | Appeal against a decision to refuse your child a school place | Birmingham City Council

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The school appeals process

School admission appeals – COVID-19 update

Please note that The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 24 April 2020, and temporarily change the existing law setting out how School Admission Appeals should be dealt with, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

These changes will be in force until September 2021.

These temporary regulations remove references to specific deadlines for appeals to be heard, and instead indicate that appeals must be heard and determined by an appeal panel as soon as reasonably practicable.

They also allow hearings to take place remotely in recognition of the impact of the pandemic.

To provide certainty for families, minimise social contact and avoid delays, the council has decided that any admission appeals to be heard before September 2021 will be heard remotely using Microsoft Teams.

Families will be able to access their hearing using a mobile telephone, tablet, laptop or any device that can access the internet via an internet browser.

Full and clear instructions will be provided with the appeal invite.

Submitted appeals will be processed in due course, and you will receive an invitation for your appeal hearing from the School Appeals Team approximately 14 days prior to the hearing .

You will also be provided with an information leaflet with more details on how the hearings will operate.

Please note that both the School Admissions and Fair Access Service and the School Appeals Team request that, if you need to contact someone about your appeal, you use email wherever possible.

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Admissions and Fair Access Service on 0121 303 1888 or Admissions@birmingham.gov.uk.

Papers for appeals

Birmingham's School Appeals Team will email you all the appeal papers as soon as possible before the hearing, including a copy of the written statement setting out the case for refusing admission at particular school or academy.

Submit additional information

You will be able to submit in advance additional information in support of an appeal using our online form.

If you submit additional information on the day of the hearing, the independent appeal panel will decide whether to consider it, taking into account its significance.