Appeals for school admissions

It is our aim to offer your child a place at your preferred school. However, if more applications are received than there are places available, and your child is not offered a place at your preferred school after applying the admission criteria, you have the right to appeal to an Independent appeals panel. These panels are set up in accordance with the requirements of the School standards and framework act 1998 and the School admission appeals code.

It is not necessary to provide full details of your reasons for appealing at this stage. Further information regarding the appeal process will be provided by the relevant admissions authority.

  • To appeal for a community school, trust school, voluntary controlled school, primary academy, or The Halifax Academy (primary and secondary):
    • write to the Admissions officer, Adult and Children's Services, Westgate House, Halifax HX1 1PS, or
    • indicate your intention to appeal on the re-allocation form;
  • To appeal for a foundation or voluntary aided catholic school:
    • write to the governing body;
  • To appeal for a voluntary aided Church of England school:
    • write to The Clerk to the Aided Schools Appeals Panel, Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP;
  • To appeal for a comprehensive secondary academy:
    • write to the academy trust, or
    • indicate your intention to appeal on the re-allocation form;
  • To appeal for a Calderdale grammar school:
    • write to Mr John Halshaw, Governor Support Ltd, PO Box 1065, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 4DA. Appeal requests received by the Local Authority for a grammar school will not be accepted.

You may present your appeal in person, have someone else present the case for you, or request that a written appeal be considered.

The Appeals panel will take all your reasons and the admission authority's admission arrangements into consideration when reaching its decision. The Appeals panel's decision will be completely independent of any previous decision taken by the admissions authority and will be binding upon all parties, that is the local authority (governors in the case of trust schools, foundation schools and voluntary aided, academy trusts in the case of academies) and the parents / guardians.

Only one appeal per school, in the same academic year, will be considered unless the relevant admissions authority believes there have been significant changes in circumstances relevant to the application. Appeals for multiple schools can be submitted.

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