Appeals will be held in a variety of different locations, depending on the school being applied for.
The Appeal panel will normally consist of three people, all of whom are volunteers and independent of the Admission Authority. There will also be the Appeals Clerk who ensures that the appeal process is followed, the facts are clearly established and that the appeal is fair. The clerk does not play any part in the decision making process. An officer representing the school will also be there to present the reasons why a place could not be offered at your preferred school. This might be an officer of the Local Authority, a school governor or member of school staff. Other than these people, the appeal is held in private and what is said is treated as strictly confidential.
Please note, it is not recommended that children attend the appeal, although the final decision rests with the panel itself.
The Clerk will meet you and explain what is going to happen in the appeal.
The normal procedure is as follows:
And that's it! The panel will then make a decision. With an infant class size appeal, the panel will make its decision bearing in mind the restrictions mentioned earlier.