School admission appeals

If you are not happy with the school place you are given, you can appeal for any school.

You can contact Blackpool School Admissions for help.  We can tell you which schools have places available, add your child's name to waiting lists for other schools and provide information to help you appeal.  You will need to appeal in writing on the relevant appeal form:

 

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.

You will receive a letter with the date, time and venue of the hearing. You will usually be notified at least 14 days before the hearing to give you time to prepare.

The appeal will be heard in front of a panel of 3 people acting independently of the Local Authority. They will have no connection with the school you are appealing for, or the school your child has been allocated a place at. These are the people who will make the decision about your appeal.

If a place has already been refused at appeal, the admissions authority will only consider a second appeal for a place at the same school or academy in the same academic year if they consider that there has been a relevant, significant and material change in the family's circumstances (since the original appeal hearing). If this is the case a second appeal hearing may be appropriate. Individual admissions authorities will decide in relation to re-appeal requests.

Timetables for 2018 appeals

Secondary schools

Timetable for Blackpool secondary school appeals 2018

 
Date Action 
By 13 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 11 May  Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide (ie.medical evidence) should be sent to democratic services
By 25 May Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers
By 29 June  Appeals that have been submitted by 13 April will be heard by independent appeals panels

Primary schools

Timetable for Blackpool primary school appeals 2018
Date Action 
By 18 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 25 May Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide (ie. medical evidence) should be sent to democratic services
By 1 June Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers
By 29 June  Appeals that have been submitted by 18 May 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