Admissions Appeals 2020

Admissions Appeals 2020 - Update for Covid-19
Update: June 2020

This provides the Key Dates for hearing appeals for The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools, due to the circumstances around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020.

The Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel has written to all appellants to confirm the arrangements in respect of each appeal. Appeals will be conducted on the basis of the written submissions only, in line with temporary regulatory changes. The clerk has given appellant’s statutory written notice of their appeal hearing. It is noted that the temporary regulations allow for additional flexibility on a case-by-case basis during the course of the appeal panel’s consideration. The parties are advised by the Clerk that any information or evidence not submitted by any relevant deadline might not be considered in the appeal panel’s decision.

The following are the Key Dates for hearing appeals 2020:

Date

Activity

31 March 2020

Original admissions appeal deadline for The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools.

30 April, 23:59

Extended admissions appeals deadline due to coronavirus outbreak for The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools.

Sun 14 June

Submission deadline for appellants to send any additional supporting evidence to the Clerk (preferably by email). The appellant must respond by this deadline.

By Mon 29 June

Circulation of papers per case to all parties (by email). This includes the written statement of the Governors of The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools in respect each appeal.

Sat 4 July (by 12 noon)

Submission deadline for appellants to send any Questions to the Clerk (preferably by email). The appellant must respond by this deadline. After this, the Clerk will send any Questions submitted to the other party.

Mon 13 July

Submission deadline for Answers to any questions/points raised by either party, or earlier if possible, to be sent to the Clerk (preferably by email). Either party must respond to the questions/points by this deadline. After this, the Clerk will send any Answers submitted to the panel and to the other party.

Friday 17 July

Determination of Appeals: Date set for determining the appeals on the written submissions only. Decisions will be reached by the appeals panel as prescribed in the School Admission Appeals Code 2012.

7 days from decision (wherever possible)

In accordance with regulations, the Clerk sends the decision letters within 7 calendar days of the appeal panel making their decision, wherever possible, subject to the general situation at the time.

Tuesday 21 July

SCHOOLS CLOSE

Admissions appeals closed: The deadline for appeals has now closed. Our admissions email address for enquiries relating to admissions and appeals is: admissions@prendergast-vale.com

Waiting lists: If you did not receive an offer of admission to this school, and have been offered a place at a lower preference school instead, your child's name has automatically been placed on the secondary transfer waiting list for this school. Due to the closure of the school and strict social distancing regulations currently in place, the school may not be able to provide waiting list positions immediately. You may email your request to: admissions@prendergast-vale.com

We will provide updates about appeals on this webpage as new information becomes available.

Appeals 2020

Under the Schools Standard and Framework Act the Governing Board of the school has to make appeal arrangements for parents/carers who wish to appeal against their child not receiving an offer of admission to the school.

For secondary transfer, the following process applies:

  • 2 March 2020 – National Offer Day for a secondary transfer place for September 2020
  • 30 April 2020 at 23:59 – New deadline for lodging an appeal (deadline extended from 31 March 2020)
  • To be advised – New deadline for hearing appeals (previously 17 June 2020)
  • The person from whom appeal forms are available is the Office Manager – Admissions. Appeal forms were made available for download during school closure.
  • The person to whom completed appeal forms should be returned is the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel c/o the school (via the admissions email address above).
  • Appellants will receive reasonable notice of their appeal hearing and other deadlines, such as deadlines for submitting additional evidence.
  • Decision letters will be sent within reasonable period from the date of appeal.
  • Due to the school closure in 2020, special one-off arrangements were made for applicants who met the specific appeal requirements to download the appeal form from the website and submit via email by the extended deadline.

For any other appeals, the school is currently closed and there are no in-year transfers, in line with local authority guidance.