Appeals

Transfer to Secondary School  - Year 7  September 2020  

On 2nd March 2020 (National Offer Day) you will receive a communication from your home Local Authority regarding an offer of a Secondary School place. If you have been unsuccessful in being offered a place at Coombe Wood School you have the right of appeal. Please ensure you had made a valid application by listing Coombe Wood School on your Common Application Form (CAF)

To lodge an Appeal please download the Appeal Against Admissions form and return to the school along with your supporting documentation by midday 30th March 2020 (20 school days from National Offer Day) to allow all Transfer to Secondary Appeals to be heard on the same day in  June 2020. 

In accordance with the School Admissions Code issued by the Department for Education, Coombe Wood School is required to abide by our Admissions Arrangements, which detail the over-subscription criteria used to allocate places.  Whilst you have every right to appeal, please think very carefully about the decision to appeal and the realistic chances of a successful appeal.  A place cannot be offered to your child over and above those applicants who came higher on the waiting list when applying the over-subscription criteria. ALL of our 180 places are allocated according to the determined admissions arrangements;

Coombe Wood School is not permitted to keep back any places for appeals.

 You can download an Appeals form here;

Appeal Against Admission Form

Please make every effort to send documents to support your appeal at the same time.

One original AND four additional copies of your supporting documentation AND your completed Appeals form need to be provided and must be collated into 5 separate packs. This is to ensure that the School, the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and each of the 3 Appeals Panel members have copies and supporting documentation.

Any supporting documentation should be submitted at least  7 days before the appeal hearing, as the Appeal Panel may have insufficient time to consider any paperwork brought in on the day of the hearing.   

Notice of the Appeal Hearing - you will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 days school notice of when your appeal will be heard. These are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent of the school, and he/she will appoint an independent Appeals Panel to hear the formal appeals.  

The initial round of appeals (for Transfer to Secondary School) for parents/carers who lodged their appeal by 30th March 2020 will have their Appeal Hearing heard no later than Tuesday 16th June 2020 (40 school days after 30th March 2020).

Notification of the decision  of the appeal hearing, which is final and binding, will be sent in writing by the Clerk of the Appeals Panel within 5 school days of the appeals hearing , wherever possible. 

Mid-Term (or in-year) Admission Appeals

Please contact the school in writing to request an Appeals Pack. This Appeals Pack will include a covering letter and an Appeal Against Admission Form for you to complete and return along with any supporting documents. This is to be returned to the School by the date specified on the covering letter and marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

The deadline for receipt of appeals information and supporting documentation will be detailed in your covering letter posted with your Appeals Pack. 

The date of your Appeal Hearing will be communicated to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. 

Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 2 weeks before the appeal hearing, or brought in on the day, may not be considered by the panel.

Your Appeals Hearing will take place no more than 30 schools days after lodging your Mid-Term Appeal. The outcome of your appeal hearing will be communicated back to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).

The decision of the Appeals Panel is final and binding.

For further information regarding Appeals Hearings and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Pane please click on the link below to read a Department for Education paper (published on 15th March 2019) on the Appeals process and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admission-appeals-for-school-places/advice-for-clerks-and-appeal-panels-on-school-admission-appeals