Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Education Appeals

We are monitoring government guidance and currently considering the impact of the coronavirus on School Admission Appeals and independent Exclusion Reviews. The Independent Appeal Panel Members are unpaid and trained volunteers so there may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing appeals this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are expecting to receive new guidance very soon from the Department for Education, which will add clarity to the situation. We will provide a further update as soon as possible

The Board of the Multi Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority with the Academy Improvement Committees responsible for the administration of the admission arrangements. The Trustees remain responsible for any appeals.

Between November and January all admission authorities have to consult for a period of 6 weeks on any changes to their proposed admission arrangements or any proposed decrease in their published admission number (PAN). Admission authorities do not have to consult on proposed increases to their PAN.

After the close of the consultation period on 31st January,  the admission authority must take account of any responses received and determine their final admission arrangements by 28th February. The Enquire Learning Trust Admissions authority is not proposing to make any changes to the admission arrangements for their academies that would require consultation.

The School Admissions Code states that all school admission arrangements and policies must be determined by 28th February  and published by 15th March.  Our determined Admissions Policy for 2020/21 is now available on our website. 

Please contact Admissions on 01924 792960 or


School Places with be offered the 16th April 

Appeals must be submitted by the 21st May 

All appeals will be heard by the 30th July 2019 (within 40 school days)

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.

Admissions Documents