If your child is not offered a place at the school you have applied for you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Our Appeal Guide For Parents gives details on the process.
Our Appeal Clerks organise appeals for most schools in Reading and you can submit an appeal using our online appeal form.
Some of the schools in Reading manage their own appeals. You should contact the school directly if you wish to appeal for any of the following schools:
An Appeal Panel is made up of three people who are independent of the Local Authority and the school you are appealing for.
You have the right to come to the appeal hearing and present your case, or someone can present your case on your behalf. It is important to attend if you can, but whether you attend or not, the Appeal Panel will carefully consider all the written information you submit. A representative of the school will be present at the appeal hearing. The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will also be present at the appeal hearing to give independent advice if required and to keep a record of what happens.
You will be given 10 school days’ notice of the date, time and location of the appeal hearing and will be sent a copy of the written information submitted by you and the school’s representative in advance of the appeal hearing.
We try to make the appeal hearing as informal as possible. The school’s representative will explain the reasons why your child has not been offered a place at the school you applied for. You and the Appeal Panel will be able to ask questions on their case. You will then be given the chance to present your case in support of your appeal. The Appeal Panel will already have all the written information you have submitted. The Appeal Panel and the school’s representative can then ask you questions if they need any further information on your case. There will be a summing up stage where you and the school’s representative can put forward the main points of what you have said.
You will be sent the Appeal Panel’s decision in writing, normally within five school days of the appeal hearing.
Your appeal will be considered on its own merits. The decision making processes that Appeal Panels have to follow are explained in our School Admission Appeals Guide. There is a separate decision making process for appeals affected by infant class size legislation, which limits an infant class to 30 children.
If your appeal is allowed, your child will be able to go to the school, and you can contact the school about taking up the place.
There is no right of appeal against the Appeal Panel’s decision. If you feel the appeals procedure has not been carried out properly then you can contact the Clerk to the Appeal Panel for information on how you can complain about this.
The appeals timetable sets out key dates and timescales of the appeals process.
|Wednesday 1 March 2023||Secondary national offer day|
|Wednesday 29 March 2023||Deadline for submitting appeals|
|Tuesday 2 May 2023 to Friday 16 June 2023||Appeals heard|
|Monday 17 April 2023||Primary national offer day|
|Tuesday 16 May 2023||Deadline for submitting appeals|
|Monday 5 June 2023 to Friday 14 July 2023||Appeals heard|
|Deadline for submitting appeal (main round)||20 school days from national offer day|
|Appeals submitted by the deadline (main round)||Heard within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals|
|Late appeals (main round) and appeals for in-year admission||Heard within 30 school days of the appeals being submitted|
|Parents informed of appeal date by letter||At least 10 school days before appeal hearing|
|Admission Authority to submit its information for appeal to the Clerk||Approximately 2 weeks before appeal hearing|
|Circulation of paperwork for appeal to all parties by the Clerk||Approximately 1 week before appeal hearing|
|Deadline for parents to submit any additional information for appeal||5 working days before the appeal hearing|
|Decision letter sent||Within 5 school days of decision being made (may take longer during May, June and July)|
Please note that appeals are not held during school holidays.