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School Admission Appeals

If your application for a school place is refused you have the right of appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This is known as a School Admission Appeal.

To appeal you need to complete a form. The letter informing you that your application has been refused will include details of who you need to contact to obtain an appeal form.

School Admission Appeals are organised for the majority of schools in Poole by the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel within the Council’s Democratic Services Team. Appeals for September 2017 are normally held between May and July 2017 (term-time only). 

Appeals for Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2

Infant class sizes for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are limited to no more than 30 pupils. An appeal for an infant class where an extra child would take the class to over thirty pupils will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, as the Appeal Panel’s powers are limited by legislation.

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Reception, Years 1 and 2 for further information about the appeal process for infant class appeals.

Appeals for Years 3 to 13

Please read the Parents Guide to School Admissions Appeals for Years 3-13 for further information about the appeal process for these year groups.

When will Admission Appeal dates be set?

The School Admissions Appeals Code requires all school admission authorities to publish their proposed admission appeal arrangements for the normal year of entry in September each year, on their websites by 28 February. 

Offers of school places for September 2017 are made on 1 March 2017 (Secondary) and 18 April 2017 (Reception and transfer to Junior and Middle school) and so it is difficult to publish exact dates. Until such time as offers are accepted or refused it cannot be known how many, if any, appeals will be heard for individual schools

The local authority, as the admission authority for all Community schools 

has set the following dates for admission appeals for admission to the point of entry year in September 2017:

  • Reception: between June and July 2017

  • Junior and Middle school transfer: between June and July 2017.

For Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy schools that are organised by the Council’s Democratic Services Team, appeals will be heard between May and July 2017.

Appeal forms received after 26 June 2017 are not likely to be heard until after the start of the September 2017 term. Therefore, it is recommended that forms are submitted at an early stage to avoid disappointment.

Please note that appeals for the following schools are not administered by the Council’s Democratic Services:

  • Poole Grammar School (contact the school directly or school.appeals@poole.gov.uk)
  • Parkstone Grammar School (contact the school directly or school.appeals@poole.gov.uk)
  • Ocean Academy (serviced by Bournemouth Borough Council – contact Karen Green on 01202 451163)
  • Magna Academy (serviced by Bournemouth Borough Council – contact Karen Green on 01202 451163)
  • Merley First School (serviced by Dorset County Council – contact Jason Reeves on 01305 224190)

If you wish to appeal for any of the above schools, please contact the school directly or use the alternative contact details, and they will be able to advise you of when to expect an appeal to be heard.

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Contact us

Email
school.admissions
@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 261936

Text Relay
18001 01202 261936

Address
Children, Young People & Learning
Dolphin Centre
Poole
BH15 1SA