It is not always possible for your child to go to the school of choice. The admissions criteria are set out in the School Admission and School Admission Appeals Code which came into force on 1 February 2012.
If your child is not given the school of choice there may be a right of appeal to the Independent Admissions Appeal Panel, or the decision may be so wrong that you have a right to Judicial Review. The process is formal and can be very daunting.
This is why Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Education Law solicitors are here.
We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully representing clients regarding school admission appeals.
How do we achieve this?
Below are some of the various grounds for appeal that our Education Law specialists have applied with considerable success:
Infant Class Size Appeals
Relating to children who are aged 5 – 7 years old, schools are entitled to limit the number of children they admit in infant classes to a maximum of 30. This number can and will only be increased in very limited circumstances.
An appeal will involve investigation into the implementation of the criteria that should be applied. One of the most common complaints we hear from disappointed parents is that another child has been given a place that does not lawfully fulfil the residence criteria because they allege the family have moved into the area temporarily to secure the placement.
In Year Admissions:
Children can move from school to school, or area to area with their parents for a number of reasons.
If a parent applies for a school place for their child which is outside of the normal round of admission and their child is refused a place because the school is full, the parent will have a right of appeal.
Secondary School Appeals
These appeals relate to pupils who are due to transfer to secondary school at the age of 11. The Appeal Panel must follow a two stage test which affords the parent a little more flexibility as far as the arguments they can put forward are concerned.
The Panel will have to weigh up the prejudice that might be caused to the school, its resources and the efficient education of the children already enrolled in admitting another child, versus the prejudice that might be caused to the child if they are unsuccessful in gaining a place.
Obtaining clear, high quality legal advice as soon as possible will ensure the correct issues can be identified and appropriate representations made.