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Appealing for a School Place in Tameside - Guidance for Parents/Guardians


Coronavirus Outbreak – School Admission Appeals

Government has recently passed additional legislation outlining how the appeals process will need to be adapted in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.  This has resulted in current procedures and timescales needing to be altered and there have been unavoidable delays in the appeals process.  As a result of the additional legislation, we are now able to offer remote hearings and are currently making preparations for this.  Appeal hearings will resume from June onwards and will continue to take place throughout the Summer.  You will receive an appointment letter for your appeal at least 14 days in advance of your hearing date and this will include detailed instructions of how to join the hearing.
 
In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience.
 

If you do not get your preferred school, and you think there are important reasons why your child should go there, you can appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel. 

The members of the Appeal Panel are totally independent and will not have any connection with either the Council or the school you have applied for. If they decide you have a good case, in certain circumstances, they can give you a place.

We can help if the school is in Tameside.  If the school is not in Tameside, then appeal to the school's local council – even if you applied on Tameside’s online form and we’ve written to say you didn’t get in.

Complete the form for each school place offer you want to appeal about.

You can only appeal about a place at a school you have applied for after you have been refused a place in writing. 

You can also only appeal for a place that was a higher preference on your original application than the place you have now been given.

Your child has to attend school, so they should take the place they have been offered while your appeal is dealt with.

There are different rules depending on the age of your child.

 

SCHOOL APPEALS 2020

​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2019 entry, this includes in-year transfers.

School​ type

Offer date​

Appeals to be lodged by

Appeals to be heard by
(within 40 school days)

Secondary

02 March 2020

27 March 2020

22 June 2020

Primary

16 April 2020

08 May 2020

17 July 2020


Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or within 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

You'll be sent notification of your app​eal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.​

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must ensure that we receive it at least 3 working days before the hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The appeal panel will then decide whether it should be considered, taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.
 

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School Appeals (Democratic Services)

Telephone Number0161 342 2316 or 0161 342 8355

 

SENDIASS – Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service

SENDIASS provides confidential, impartial information, advice and support to children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their parents and carers, on education matters and health and social care matters in relation to their education and learning.

Telephone Number0161 342 3383


The Local Government

Ombudsman
P.O Box 4771
Coventry
CV4 0EH
tel: 0300 061 0614 / 0845 602 1983
fax: 024 7682 0001

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