Following the recent postponement of all admission appeal hearings due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the government has made regulatory changes to relax some of the current requirements set out in the School Admission Appeals Code 2012.
These changes allow admission authorities to proceed with their admission appeals and, crucially, offer flexibility to manage the appeals in a way that best suits local circumstances. The changes have been made carefully to ensure that all families are supported and that none are disadvantaged by the measures in place to protect public health.
The new regulations came into force on 24 April 2020 and will remain until 31 January 2021. Specifically, the regulations state that we may choose to hear appeals in a format other than face-to-face. Appeal deadlines have been relaxed, to ensure that all appeal submissions are facilitated and heard within reasonable timescales. A legal clerk will remain a necessary part of the hearing process and their presence is important to ensure the appeals are conducted fairly.
After exploring all possible options available within the temporary regulations, we can confirm that all admission appeals coordinated by the Local Authority will be heard on the basis of written representation only. This process will allow for all transition appeals to be heard by September, with hearings being scheduled throughout June, July and August 2020.
We appreciate that extending the appeals into August will require headteachers to be available in order to provide any additional information/questions. It is important that all appeals are heard in time for the start of the new school year. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.
If you require further information, please contact Jill Varney (School Admissions and Inclusion Manager) email@example.com.
Alternatively you can visit our School Appeals webpage.