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Appeals

Appeals – September 2020

Year 7 appeals

Year 7 places will be offered, via the local authorities, on 2nd March 2020.  Children who cannot be offered a place, due to there being more applications than there are places, can ask to remain on a waiting list.  Parents need to complete the online waiting list form at the website address https://www.leeds.gov.uk/resid... to join the waiting list.

The appeals form (Year 3 and above) is available from the downloads section at the bottom of this page.  

Timeline for appeals

  • Deadline for submitting an appeal form:  30th March 2020
  • Appeals received by deadline to be heard within 40 school days of deadline:  16th June 2020

If your appeal is received after the deadline for submitting appeals, your appeal request will still be accepted, however, depending on when the form is received, it may not be possible to hear your appeal before the end of the academic year (for this Academy, this is the 16th July 2020).


Reception appeals

Reception places will be offered, via the local authorities, on 16th April 2020.  Children who cannot be offered a place, due to there being more applications than there are places, can ask to remain on a waiting list.  Parents need to return the waiting list form (available below) to the Admissions Team at the local authority to join the waiting list.

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.

Timeline for appeals

  • Deadline for submitting an appeal form:  15th May 2020
  • Appeals received by deadline to be heard within 40 school days of deadline:  17th July 2020


In-year appeals

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.

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

In-year appeals are heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.


Appeal forms and information

The local authority process the appeals for this academy. 

Please read the appeals guide below for information about the appeals process.  Further details and the appeal forms can be found at: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/resid...   The Appeal Forms are also available to download below. 

If you need to speak to someone about an appeal, you can contact the local authority via:

Telephone: 0113 222 4414

E-mail: education.appeals@leeds.gov.uk

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