If a school decides not to offer your child a place, you can appeal against that decision.
Where there is a limit of 30 children to a teacher
There is a limit of thirty children to a teacher in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.
If taking on another child means that the school would have to take extra steps which could cause problems, this is called class size prejudice.
If your child is refused a place because of this class size prejudice the appeal panel may only change that decision if:
- The admission arrangements were not properly put into place and your child would have been offered a place if they were.
- If the decision to refuse your child a place was not a reasonable one.
Where there is not a limit of 30 children to a teacher
- All secondary school places
- Primary school places other than in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
- Primary school places in those classes where class size limit doesn’t apply because the classes arranged to keep the numbers under 30 children to a teacher.
These appeals take two steps:
The appeal panel looks at whether the admission arrangements for the school were used properly when deciding if your child should get a place.
If they were not, and your child would have been given a place if they had been, the panel should allow your appeal.
The panel looks at your reasons for choosing that school. If they decide that the school could not cope with taking on more children, they should refuse the appeal.