School Admission Appeals 2020-21 – Coronavirus Update 27.03.20
As you are more than aware the coronavirus has impacted and affected all of our daily lives, routines and normal business in every aspect.
The Appeals team at County Hall (who co-ordinate the appeals) have had a lot of enquiries in relation to the function of Admission Appeals going forward and what the arrangements for this service will look like for the academic year 2020-21.
We can only share what the arrangements are at the moment and hope that you will understand that the County Council and the Appeals Service are doing everything they possibly can under the current restrictions that we all find ourselves subject to.
The Appeals Team have sought guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) as to whether the School Admissions code can be deviated from under the current legal code of practice set by them. They have been advised that the DfE are looking into what deviations from the code can be made while still ensuring that natural justice remains when undertaking Admissions Appeals.
The initial response from the DfE is that this is currently being looked at but no decision as yet has been made and that it could take a number of weeks until further guidance is available to Local Authorities on the Schools Admissions Appeals.
Appeals papers received by us will still be sent to County Hall who will hold these in readiness to move forward once guidance has been given.
The timetable for appeals set previously will be void until we receive guidance and further arrangements will be cascaded to all schools as and when known.
We do assure you that the Appeals Team are doing everything they can possibly do under these difficult and challenging circumstances.
Appeals – September 2020 Intake
Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. Parents/guardians should request an appeal form from the clerk to the governors at the school, or download the form at the bottom of this page, within 20 school days of receiving the letter refusing a place.
The appeals for Ripley St. Thomas Academy’s Year 7 intake in September 2020 are due to be held during the period 27 April to 1 May 2020. In order for all papers to be properly processed, and to meet statutory requirements, a completed appeal form for each child and any additional papers you may wish to include will need to be received here at school by Friday 27 March 2020.
Appeals which are received after the deadline will be slotted into the schedule where this is possible. There is no guarantee that this will happen and late appeals may be heard after the stipulated date at a second round of hearings. The schedule is subject to change depending upon the availability of appeal panel members, clerks, venues and the number of appeals for each school (which will vary year on year).
Waiting List – September 2020 Intake
In accordance with our Admissions Policy pupils are placed on the waiting list according to what extent they meet our published criteria. If you have not previously submitted a Supplementary Form you are advised to download one and return it with your appeal form. If you are unable to complete the Supplementary Form your position on the waiting list will be after all those who are able to, and will be based purely on the distance from home to school.
In the event of a place becoming available before the Appeals are due to be heard the school will look at the waiting list and all the information supplied to support applications/appeals and re-allocate that place accordingly.
The waiting list for places in Year 7 is maintained by the Local Authority until 31 December of the year of intake. If you wish to keep your child’s name on the waiting list after that date you will need to contact the school in January.