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Top Tips for Admission Appeals & FAQs
Top Tips for School Admission Appeals:
Read the admissions policy very carefully
Frame your application in terms of the admissions criteria
State why your case is different, not just how good the school is
Provide clear documentary evidence to back up any claim of strong social/medical need to attend a particular school
A school's specialist status is usually irrelevant to an appeal
Ensure all paperwork is sent in good time. Obtain a receipt.
If you need help from the school, Local Authority or an outside professional, don't wait until the last minute
For advice or representation at your hearing
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Q: What are my chances of success?
A: Nationally, about 1 in 3 appeals are decided in the parent's favour, but this statistic masks a range of experience, depending on the type of school and age range (infant class size appeals have very strict rules, and only about 1 in 6 succeeds). The strength of your arguments and how you put them forward will be very important, but so will the school's detailed reasons for refusal. No one can give you a clear idea of your prospects without knowing all the facts.
Q: Do I need a lawyer? What do you add to the process?
A: If you feel confident to handle the appeal yourself, you don't need anyone to help you. Most parents do not use outside help. You will need to be able to analyse arguments, express yourself clearly and objectively in writing and in front of an appeal panel and to challenge facts and arguments put forward on the day by the school. You also need to understand the sort of factors that are likely to "tick the boxes" for the appeal panel, and those that will not. A good representative will have these skills, will know from experience the arguments that might be most persuasive, and will understand that the hearing is not confrontational. Don't be put off by the school or LA saying that you don't need a lawyer. It is your appeal, and if you feel that you need help, ask for it. Panels are not allowed to think any more or less favourably of your case just because it is presented by a lawyer.
Q: How does your service differ from that of other school appeal providers?
Education law barrister Ian Jones answers some of your questions about school appeals
A: I draw on my training as a barrister and on years of experience of school appeals. My work is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Others come from a range of backgrounds. Beware of lawyers with little education appeal experience, or those of an education background claiming to provide legal services. Check whether they are professionally regulated and have insurance and beware of hidden costs - I charge a fixed fee, agreed and payable in advance.