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Appeal an admissions decision

Overview

If your child has not been offered a place at any of your preferred schools, it is because the year group you applied for is full to capacity. You can find out more about how schools allocate their places in the determined admission arrangements document.

You have a statutory right to appeal against this decision.

Make an appeal

You can appeal at the standard points of admission (reception, year 3 or year 7), or mid-year if you’ve applied to move schools at a non-standard point.

For appeals for schools outside Walsall Borough, you’ll need to contact the relevant local authority.

It’s important to be realistic about your reasons for appealing and the chances of being successful. An appeal can prolong the period of uncertainty for you and your child.

To make an appeal, you will have to set your case out in writing and attend an appeal hearing.

Infant class size appeals 

In reception, year 1 and year 2, the class size is limited to 30. Your application can be turned down if all the classes already have 30 children.

GOV.UK has further information about infant class size appeals.

Community and voluntary controlled schools

Walsall Council is the admissions authority for the following schools. If your school is on the list below, you should send your appeal to us:

Abbey Primary

Alumwell Infant

Alumwell Junior

Barcroft Primary

Beacon Primary

Bentley West Primary

Blackwood

Blakenall Heath Junior

 

Butts Primary

Castlefort JMI

Christ Church CE JMI

Chuckery Primary

County Bridge Primary

Delves Infant

Delves Junior

Elmore Green Primary

Greenfield Primary

Hillary Primary

Holy Trinity CE Primary

King Charles Primary

King’s Hill Primary

Leamore Primary

Leighswood

Lindens Primary

Little Bloxwich CE Primary

Lower Farm Primary

Meadow View JMI

Millfield Primary

Moorcroft Wood Primary

New Invention Infant

New Invention Junior

Old Church CE Primary

Palfrey Infant

Palfrey Junior

Pelsall Village

Pinfold Street JMI

Pool Hayes Primary

Rosedale CE Infant

Rushall JMI

Salisbury Primary

Short Heath Junior

St Giles CE Primary

St James

St John’s CE Primary

St Michael’s CE Primary

Sunshine Infant and Nursery

The Radleys Primary

Walsall Wood

Watling Street Primary

Whetstone Field Primary

Whitehall Junior

Whitehall Nursery and Infant

Use the form below to appeal for these schools only:

The deadline for you to submit your appeal form is 19 May 2022.  Appeals received after this date may not be heard until after the end of July 2022.

Please return your completed form to us by email: admissionappeals@walsall.gov.uk

Appeals will take place during late May, June and July 2022.

Academies, foundation schools, and voluntary aided schools

Appeals are arranged by the governing bodies of these schools.

Check the list below, and contact the school direct for an appeal form. They will tell you about their appeals procedure and the deadline for submission.

Foundation schools
Manor Primary 0121 353 1738

 

Voluntary aided schools

Blue Coat CE (A) Infant

01922 720740

Blue Coat CE (A) Junior

01922 720921

Cooper & Jordan CE VA Primary

01922 743765

St Anne’s Catholic Primary

0121 353 5114

St Francis Catholic Primary

01922 682583

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary

0121 568 9496

St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary

01922 743411

St Mary’s the Mount Catholic Primary

01922 720711

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary

01922 720063

St Peter’s Catholic Primary

01922 710872

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary

01922 720712

Academies

All Saints National Academy

01922 710210

Birchills CE Community Academy

01922 721063

Bloxwich Academy

01922 710257

Brownhills West Primary 01543 452766

Busill Jones Primary

01922 710700

Caldmore Primary Academy

01922 721359

Croft Academy

01922 720689

Edgar Stammers Primary Academy

01922 471390

Fibbersley Park Academy

01902 366220

Goldsmith Primary Academy

01922 710182

Jubilee Academy

01922 710357

Lodge Farm Primary School

01902 368587

North Walsall Primary Academy

01922 720822

Park Hall Infant Academy

01922 721443

Park Hall Junior Academy

01922 720761

Pheasey Park Farm Primary

0121 366 6183

Reedswood E-Act Academy

01922 721323

Rough Hay Primary Academy

0121 568 6421

Ryders Hayes School 01922 830008
St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary 01543 452921
The Rivers Primary Academy 01922 710164
Woodlands Academy of Learning 01922 710613

Secondary school transfer - Year 7 September 2022

You can find school contact details and how to appeal for a year 7 place commencing September 2022 in our information sheet below:

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Secondary schools in Walsall Borough

All Walsall secondary schools arrange their own appeals and you should contact them directly to ask for an appeals form. You can find current contact details for Walsall secondary schools in the education directory, pages 22 to 24.

Secondary schools outside Walsall

For appeals against decisions made by schools outside Walsall, you should contact the relevant local authority.

Community and Voluntary Controlled primary schools

Walsall Council is the admissions authority for these schools.

The deadline for you to submit your appeal form is 1 June 2022. Appeals received after this date may not be heard until the new school year, which starts 5 September 2022.

Appeals will take place during term time, up until late July 2022.

Primary and secondary Academies, Foundation schools, and Voluntary Aided schools (normally Roman Catholic or Church of England schools)

Appeals for these schools are arranged by their governing bodies.

Contact the school for an appeal form. They will tell you about their appeals procedure and the deadline for submission. You can find current contact details for all Walsall schools in the education directory.

For appeals against decisions made by schools outside Walsall, you should contact the authority to which the school belongs.

Local authorities taking part in the co-ordinated scheme

Local authority

Contact details

Birmingham LA

School Admissions & Fair Access Service, PO Box 16513, Birmingham, B2 2FF

www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Phone: 0121 303 1888 (option 4)

Dudley LA

People Services Directorate, School Admissions Service, The Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF

www.dudley.gov.uk 

Email: admissions.cs@dudley.gov.uk

Phone: 01384 814223 (option 2)

Sandwell LA

School Admissions Service, PO Box 16230, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 9EX

www.sandwell.gov.uk/schooladmissions 

Email: annual_schooladmissions@sandwell.gov.uk

Phone: 0121 569 6765

Staffordshire LA

School Admissions & Transport Service, Staffordshire County Council, 2 Stafford Place, Stafford, ST16 2DH

www.staffordshire.gov.uk 

Email: admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 111 8007

Wolverhampton LA

 

City of Wolverhampton Council, Education Directorate Admissions and Appeals, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RL

www.wolverhampton.gov.uk 

Email: School.Admissions@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Phone: 01902 551122

Get support for your appeal

You can download the information booklet, or contact the admissions and appeals team.

Before the appeal hearing

Send your completed appeal form to AdmissionAppeals@walsall.gov.uk.

We will write to you and tell you the date of your appeal hearing.  We’ll also explain the reasons we have not offered your child a place at one of your preferred schools.

You are be responsible for presenting your case. This means you need to decide what to say at the hearing.

If you want to attend the hearing, you'll be able to tell the appeal panel your reasons for wanting your child to go to a particular school.

If you don’t want to attend, you can send a written statement instead.

You might have some documentation that supports your case. For example, if your case is that your child has a medical condition, the appeal panel will expect to see some supporting evidence of the condition. This could be a letter from your GP. You should send copies to the admissions and appeals team before your hearing.

The appeals clerk will make sure that the appeal panel has all the forms and evidence you’ve submitted, whether you attend the hearing in person or not.

When are appeal hearings?

Appeals are heard throughout the school year. The summer term is the busiest time. 

You’ll receive 10 days’ notice of the date and time of your hearing. In special circumstances, and if you agree, we can waive the 10 days’ notice.

There are a lot of appeal hearings, so it's not always possible to change your appointment.  If you have special needs that make it difficult for you to attend, let the appeals clerk know as soon as possible. 

Where are the appeal hearings?

They are usually held at the Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall. 

Covid-19 restrictions means that appeal hearings are being held virtually at the moment.

Who will be at the appeal hearing?

The appeals panel (comprising three independent members), the presenting officer, the appeals clerk, and you. You can bring a friend or family member if you need support, or you can ask them to represent you.

All hearings are held in private, and the details are confidential. 

What happens at the appeal hearing?

Each appeal takes around 20 minutes. The chairperson will introduce everyone and explain what is going to happen. 

The usual order is: 

  • Case presented by the presenting officer
  • Questions to the presenting officer from the parents/carers and the panel
  • Parents'/carers' case
  • Questions to the parents/carers from the presenting officer and the panel
  • Summing up of the case by the presenting officer
  • Summing up of the case by the parents/carers. 

What can I say? 

You can say whatever you think is relevant to your case. If you have any supporting evidence for your appeal, for example a letter from your GP to support a case based on a medical condition, you can explain this to the panel. 

Is it like a court? 

No. The appeal is as informal as possible.

The Government believes that legal representation should be the exception rather than the rule, so you don’t need to arrange this. If you decide that you do want legal representation, you will need to tell the appeal clerk before your hearing. 

May I bring my child to the appeal? 

You can, but it’s not necessary. You should think about if you want your child to miss school, and if they can cope with the experience. The appeals panel makes the final decision about whether a child should be present. 

How does the appeals panel make a decision?

The appeals panel will consider all the information available, then make their final decision. If the panel is hearing several appeals for one school, they will not make their decision until they’ve heard all the appeals for that school.  This can sometimes take several days.

What happens after the appeal hearing?

The panel will let you know their decision as soon as possible. The decision is binding on the local authority, the school and you. 

You won't be able to apply again for the same school in the same school year unless there has been a significant change in circumstances.

Appeals timetable

Appeals for the September 2022 intake received by 19 May 2022 should be heard within 40 school days of submission.

Appeals received after 20 May 2022, and mid-year admissions appeals, should be heard within 30 school days of submission.

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