Emergency regulations were made in April 2020 because of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on school appeals. These regulations have been further extended and will remain in place until 30 September 2022. Where it is not reasonably practicable to hold face-to-face hearings for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings should be conducted by telephone or video conference. Where telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals conducted entirely based on written submissions are acceptable.
Leeds local authority manage the appeals process for this Academy. For places starting in September 2022, the deadline to submit an appeal is:
- Year 7 is 29 March 2022
- Reception is 16 May 2022
If you submit an appeal after these deadlines, it may not be heard until school starts in September.
More information about the appeals process can be found on Leeds LA's website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schoo...
Infant class size rule
The Government has set a limit on the size of infant classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), as described below. Appeals are very rarely upheld for infant classes because of this.
2.15 Infant class size – Infant classes (those where the majority of children will reach the age of 5, 6 or 7 during the school year) must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single school teacher. Additional children may be admitted under limited exceptional circumstances. These children will remain an ‘excepted pupil’ for the time they are in an infant class or until the class numbers fall back to the current infant class size limit. The excepted children are:
a) children admitted outside the normal admissions round with statements of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plans specifying a school
b) looked after children and previously looked after children admitted outside the normal admissions round
c) children admitted, after initial allocation of places, because of a procedural error made by the admission authority or local authority in the original application process
d) children admitted after an independent appeals panel upholds an appeal
e) children who move into the area outside the normal admissions round for whom there is no other available school within reasonable distance
f) children of UK service personnel admitted outside the normal admissions round
g) children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted otherwise than as an excepted pupil
h) children with special educational needs who are normally taught in a special educational needs unit attached to the school, or registered at a special school, who attend some infant classes within the mainstream school
These appeals are for children transferring between schools mid-year. You can make a formal appeal to an independent appeal panel, for any school that you have applied for where admission has been refused. This is a legal process and places are not ‘reserved’ for appeal panels to offer.
In-year appeals will be heard by the local authority as soon as it is possible to do so.
Appeal forms and information
The local authority process the appeals for this academy.
Further details and the appeal forms can be found at: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schoo...
If you need to speak to someone about an appeal, you can contact the local authority via:
Telephone: 0113 222 4414