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SCHOOL ADMISSIONS APPEALS

In accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act (1998), parents and carers have the right of appeal against a decision to refuse their child admission to Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre.

In relation to appeals relating to Reception school place at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, where infant class size limits have been reached, an appeal panel can only offer a place where it is satisfied that:

  • the child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented and/ or
  • the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and/ or
  • the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

 

If you decide to appeal, you must complete an appeal form, either online or in writing. Prior to submitting an appeal, you are strongly encouraged to read the appeals process which can be found here.  Information on how to appeal can be found here.

You can submit your online appeal here.

Alternatively, parents and carers can obtain a paper-based appeal form by telephoning 01582 548019 or request for a paper-based appeal form and/ or guidance relating to the school admissions appeals process by emailing [email protected].

Following submission of your appeal form, you will be notified of the date and time of your appeal hearing.  You have the right to attend the appeal hearing and present your case to the panel.

Letters notifying parents and carers of appeal hearing dates and times are sent in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent at least 14 days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this).

School admissions appeal hearings are held remotely. You will receive joining details via a link which will be sent to the email address you state on your appeal form. Please ensure that you regularly review your emails after submitting your school appeal.

If you wish to submit any additional supporting information relating to your appeal – other than that which you included with your original appeal – please ensure this is sent to Luton Council no later than 10 days prior to your hearing to enable the additional information to be circulated to all parties. This information should be emailed to [email protected] or by post to:

Luton Council
School Appeals Team
Town Hall
George Street
Luton
LU1 2BQ

Regardless of how this information is sent, you will be informed that this has been received. If you do not hear from Luton Council’s School Appeals Team within five working days, please telephone the number above to ascertain whether or not this information has been received.

Event Date
School place offer date 19 April 2022
Appeals deadline (20 days after school place offer date) 18 May 2022
Appeals will be heard from 13 July 2022

Appeals lodged after 18 May 2022 will, where possible, be heard together with those appeals lodged before this date.  Where this is not possible, they will be heard as soon as practicably possible and, ideally, before the start of the new academic year.

Decision letters relating to starting school appeals will be sent to parents and carers within seven days of the hearing, wherever possible.

These appeals will be heard as soon as practicably possible by a panel consisting of members of our Governing Board, as and when they are available.

In relation to appeals relating to an in-year or school transfer place at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, where infant class size limits have been reached, our Governing Board’s appeal panel can only offer a place where it is satisfied that:

  • the child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had been properly implemented and/ or
  • the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and/ or
  • the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case

 

To prepare for an infant class size appeal, you should carefully consider the grounds on which your appeal is based showing evidence as to which of the three conditions above applies. Although, you may talk about personal factors relating to your appeal, the Governing Board’s appeal panel cannot allow an appeal unless either of the two conditions above are met.

Decision letters relating to in-year and school transfer appeals will be sent to parents and carers within seven days of the hearing, wherever possible.