Admission appeals

Your right to appeal

If you do not get your preferred school, you can appeal against the decision (unless your child has been permanently excluded from 2 schools). You can normally only appeal for the same school once in each academic year. 

There are some schools that are responsible for their own school appeals. Please contact these schools about their appeals process:

Primary schools

  • Avanti Court Primary School
  • Clore Tikva Primary School
  • Isaac Newton Academy
  • St Aidan's Catholic Academy
  • St Antony's Catholic Primary School
  • St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
  • St Bede's Catholic Primary School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
  • SS Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School
  • Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School
  • Wanstead Church School

Secondary schools

  • Chadwell Heath Academy
  • King Solomon High School
  • Mayfield School
  • The Palmer Catholic Academy
  • Trinity Catholic Academy
  • The Ursuline Academy Ilford

 

Make your school admissions appeal

You can appeal online and upload your supporting documents to the online form. Please read the appeals advice and guidance notes.

Infant classes

By law the maximum number for infant classes is thirty, admission applications can be refused if all of the schools' infant classes have reached the legal limit. The panel is only allowed to look at whether:

  1. the child would have been offered a place if the admissions arrangements had been properly implemented
  2. a place would have been offered if the arrangements had not been contrary to criteria set out in the School Admissions Code
  3. the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admissions team would have made in the circumstances of the case

 

You can appeal online and upload your supporting documents to the online form. Please read the appeals advice and guidance notes.

 

This school appeal process is for children born between 1 September  2005 to 31 August 2006 if you did not get the school you were hoping for on March 1 2017,  you can appeal online and upload your supporting documents to the online form. 

The deadline to submit admissions appeal online is Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Appeal hearings for the following schools will be heard between April/May:

  • Beal High School*
  • Oaks Park High School
  • Valentines High School
  • Wanstead High School
  • Woodbridge High School

The appeal hearings for the following school will be in May/June:

  • Ilford County High School
  • Loxford School Trust*
  • Seven Kings High School
  • Woodford County High School

*Both Beal High School and Loxford School Trust are academies, they have asked us - Redbridge Council, to arrange and progress the appeals on their behalf. The appeal hearing schedule dates are just a guide and may be subject to change depending on the number of appeal cases received for an individual school.

After you have submitted your you will be informed of the date of the hearing at least 10 school days before the hearing.

You will be allowed to provide additional information for your appeal up to 3 working days before the hearing. Information submitted later or on the day of the hearing may not be considered, as it may not be possible for the panel to copy and read it in the time available for your hearing.

Submit your appeal

Before appealing for a school, please read through the 

 

This school appeal process is for children born between 1 September 2012  to 31 August 2013 , if you did not get the school you were hoping for on April 18 2017,  you can appeal online and upload your supporting documents to the online form. 

The deadline to submit admissions appeal online is Friday 19 May 2017.

The appeal hearings for the following schools will be heard between June/July for

  • Christchurch Primary School
  • Churchfields Infants School
  • Grove Primary Schools
  • Seven Kings School
  • Snaresbrook Primary

The appeal hearings for the following schools will be heard in July for

  • Barley Lane Primary School
  • Chadwell Primary  School
  • Cleveland Road Primary School
  • Cranbrook Primary School
  • Fullwood Primary School
  • Goodmayes Primary School
  • Highlands Primary School
  • Loxford School Trust
  • Nightingale Primary School
  • Oakdale Infants' School
  • Redbridge Primary School
  • Wells Primary School
  • Any other School an appeal is received for. 

Loxford School Trust is an academy, they have asked us - Redbridge Council, to arrange and progress the appeals on their behalf. The appeal hearing schedule dates are just a guide and may be subject to change depending on the number of appeal cases received for an individual school.

After you have submitted your appeal you will be informed of the date of the hearing at least 10 school days before the hearing.

You will be allowed to provide additional information for your appeal up to 3 working days before the hearing. Information submitted later or on the day of the hearing may not be considered, as it may not be possible for the panel to copy and read it in the time available for your hearing.

Submit your appeal

Before appealing for a school, please read through the 

  

Appeals process for children who are statemented

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) you cannot use this appeal process. You must appeal to the Special Needs Tribunal.

Please contact the SEN team by email senteam@redbridge.gov.uk.

The appeals panel

Appeals are heard by an independent appeal panel of 3 to 5 members of the public. The panellists appointed to decide these appeals are volunteer members of the public, some may have experience in education.

When your appeal will be heard

Your appeal will be heard within 40 ‘school days’ of your appeal form being submitted.

You will receive an email advising you of the date and time of your appeal at least 10 school days before the appeal hearing unless you have agreed to waive the 10 school days’ notice on your appeal form; you will also receive a copy of your case history together with your appeal form and case from Redbridge Council.

For appeals to be considered in the second and subsequent rounds, your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal form being submitted.

You can submit additional documents, information and/or evidence to the panel to support your case. Please do this at least 3 working days before your appeal.

If you submit information, which the panel thinks may be significant, too close to the hearing date or on the day, the panel may need to defer your case to enable them and the Children’s Services representative time to study the papers. This is important because they will want to come to a fair decision based on a full understanding of all the information.

Hearings will be held within 30 ‘school days’ of the appeal being submitted for applications made outside the timetabled admissions process.

How we will contact you about the hearing 

You will receive an email advising you of the date and time of your appeal at least 10 school days before the appeal hearing unless you have agreed to waive the 10 school days’ notice on your appeal form. You will also receive a copy of your case history together with your appeal form and details of the case we put together.

In year admissions

Hearings will be held within 30 school days of the appeal being submitted for applications made outside the timetabled admissions process.

Sixth form appeals

Please contact the school directly  you want to appeal for, hearings will be held within 40 days of the appeal being submitted.

 

What happens at the appeal hearing?

There are 3 steps to the appeal hearing:

  • the admissions representative will explain to the appeals panel why your application has been refused
  • if the panel decides that there was a good reason for refusing your application, you will still have a chance to give your reasons for appealing against the decision
  • your child will be awarded a place at the school if the panel finds your case to be the stronger. If not, the decision not to offer your child a place will be upheld

The panel will let you and the admissions team know of their decision by post within 5 school days. The panel's decision is binding on Redbridge Council.

 

Complaining about the appeals process

If you are unhappy about the way the appeals process was carried out, please contact The Local Government Ombudsman.

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