School admission appeals

As a parent or carer, you have the right to express a preference for a place at any school/academy. However, if your child is not allocated a place at your preferred school, you may appeal to an independent appeals panel.

Appeals are conducted in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the Statutory Code of Practice on Admission Appeals 1999.

If you have a general query on admissions and appeals, including the availability of places, please contact Blackpool school admissions on 01253 476474.

If your query relates to the independent appeal panel or appeals procedure you should direct your query to the clerk of the appeal panel who can be contacted by telephone on 01253 477153 or 01253 477157. 

Appeals process

The process to appeal is quite simple and you start by completing the appeal form below. 

 

Before completing the form please check with Blackpool school admissions, as there may be available places at your preferred school.

Once you have submitted your form you will be invited to attend the appeal hearing to tell the panel why you feel your child should have a place at your preferred school/academy. These are usually heard at the Town Hall, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NS.

Timetables for 2017 appeals

Secondary schools

Timetable for Blackpool secondary school appeals 2017

 
Date Action 
By 14 April Appeal forms to be received by democratic services, in order for the appeals to be heard in the first round of hearings. Appeal forms can be submitted after this deadline but the hearing will not be held until later in the year
By 12 May  Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide (ie.medical evidence) should be sent to democratic services
By 26 May 2016 Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers
By 30 June  Appeals that have been submitted by 14 April 2017 will be heard by independent appeals panels

Primary schools

Timetable for Blackpool primary school appeals 2017
Date Action 
By 19 May Appeal forms to be received by democratic services, in order for the appeals to be heard in the first round of hearings. Appeal forms can be submitted after this deadline but the hearing will not be held until later in the year
By 26 May Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide (ie. medical evidence) should be sent to democratic services
By 2 June Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers
By 30 June  Appeals that have been submitted by 19 May 2017 will be heard by independent appeals panels

Become a member of the appeals panel

We have a pool of appeal members and use 3 people to sit on our panels at any one time. There are 2 types of panel member – those with experience of education (eg. a retired headteacher/teacher/school governor), and “lay” members (those without any experience in education). 

Appeal panels sit all year round with appeals for community schools being held on a fortnightly basis and as and when required for voluntary aided schools. There are a higher number of appeals in May/June/July for the September admission to primary and secondary schools.

All new panel members receive training before taking part in an appeal. After this initial training, panel members will receive refresher training every year. In addition, the clerk to the panel is always available to give advice. 

To ensure the appeals panel is independent and unbiased, some people are not eligible to become members.  For example, employees of Blackpool Council would not be able to apply.

For more information and an informal chat, please contact: Mr Lennox Beattie, Democratic services team leader, on 01253 477157 or email lennox.beattie@blackpool.gov.uk

Contact

School admissions team

PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA
Telephone 01253 476637