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Appeal Against a School Place Decision for Schools within Bedford Borough

The arrangements relating to school admission appeals covering the Bedford area are set out below.

Admission Appeals for all Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools in the Bedford area are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at Bedford Borough Council. The Clerk also arranges and clerks appeals for Academies (where a Service Level Agreement is in place), Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools in the area indicated.

If you would like more information about the admission appeals process please see the guidance booklet below.  You can also contact the Office of the Clerk to the Appeal Panel on (01234) 228523 or by email School.Appeals@bedford.gov.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

The School Admissions Service covering the Bedford Borough Council area can provide you with advice on the admissions process and can let you know which schools in these areas have places available. They can also advise you with regards to the allocation of places and your child's position on a waiting list. 

 

To contact School Admissions for the Bedford Borough area, telephone (01234) 718120 or by email admissions@bedford.gov.uk

 

Appeal statistics

The Department for Education (DFE) collects information from all Local Authorities about appeals each academic year.

These figures are provided as part of the Department’s Survey of Admission Appeals for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.  The data for Academies, Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools are derived from School Census returns made by schools to the DFE each year.

For further  information please go the DFE website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education (opens in new window)

 

Transfer to Upper/Secondary School 2017

Parents of children due to transfer to Upper School (Year 9) or Secondary (year 7) in September 2017 will be sent a letter on Wednesday 1st March 2017 advising them of the school at which a place has been offered.

You can appeal against this decision if you have not been allocated a place at each of the schools you applied for.  You can also accept a place at one school and appeal for another school that your child would rather go to.

Your appeal must be received by the deadline of Wednesday 29th March 2017.  If your appeal is received after this date it might not be possible to hear your appeal within the normal admissions round.  Upper/Secondary School appeals have to be heard by Friday 16th June 2017 (within 40 school days after the deadline for appeals being lodged).  If you would like to appeal online please use the Transfer to Upper School/Secondary online appeal form below.

You will receive email confirmation (or by letter if you have no email address) that your appeal has been received and we will write to you (by letter, 1st class post) after Wednesday 29th March 2017 to tell you the date, time and venue of your appeal hearing.  You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal hearing.

Online Appeal Form

guidance booklet

 

Transfer to Middle School 2017

Parents of children due to transfer to Middle School (Year 5) in September 2017 will be sent a letter on Tuesday 18th April 2017 advising them of the school at which a place has been offered.

You can appeal against this decision if you have not been allocated a place at each of the schools you applied for.  You can also accept a place at one school and appeal for another school that your child would rather go to.

Your appeal must be received by Wednesday 17th May 2017.  If your appeal is received after this date it might not be possible to hear your appeal within the normal admissions round.  Middle School appeals have to be heard by Thursday 20th July 2017 (within 40 school days after the deadline for appeals being lodged), although we will aim to have them heard by the beginning of July.  If you would like to appeal online please use the Transfer to Middle School online appeal form below.

You will receive email confirmation (or by letter if you have no email address) that your appeal has been received and we will write to you (by letter, 1st class post) after Wednesday 17th May 2017 to tell you the date, time and venue of your appeal hearing.  You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal hearing.

Online Appeal Form

guidance booklet

 

Starting School - First Admission to Lower/Primary School Appeals 2017

Parents of children due to start lower school in September 2017 will be sent a letter on Tuesday 18th April 2017 advising them of the school at which a place has been offered.

You can appeal against this decision if you have not been allocated a place at each of the schools you applied for.  You can appeal for each school at which you have been refused admission.  You can also accept a place at one school and appeal for another school that your child would rather go to.

Your appeal must be received by Wednesday 17th May 2017.  Lower school appeals have to be heard by Thursday 20th July 2017 (within 40 school days after the deadline for appeals being lodged).  If you would like to appeal online please use the Transfer to Lower School online appeal form below.

You will receive email confirmation (or by letter if you have no email address) that your appeal has been received and we will write to you (by letter, 1st class post) after Wednesday 17th May 2017 to tell you the date, time and venue of your appeal hearing.  You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal hearing.

Online Appeal Form

guidance booklet

 

All other applications

If you have applied for a place in a year other than in the intake year (when children would normally start Lower, Middle or Upper School) and have not been offered a place, you can appeal against this decision. You will have been sent a letter advising you that a place cannot be offered at your preferred school(s). 

 The clerk will contact you to acknowledge that your appeal form has been received and will write to you in due course letting you know the date, time and venue of your appeal. You will be given at least 10 school days' notice of your appeal. We aim to hear all appeals within 30 school days. 

Online Form

Guidance booklet

If you have any questions on the appeal process please contact Tracey Johnston on (01234) 228523 or by email tracey.johnston@bedford.gov.uk.

 

Equality Questions Monitoring Form

Please find below a monitoring form for completion,this does not form part of the appeal process but it will help us to ensure that we are listening to the views of all sectors of our community.

Please click here to download an Equality Questions Monitoring Form

 

Appeals against permanent exclusion

You can appeal against a schools decision to permanently exclude your child. The Governing Body will meet within fifteen school days of the exclusion and if they do not over-turn the permanent exclusion you can appeal to the Independent Review Panel. The Independent Reviews are arranged and clerked by Committee Services in Bedford Borough Council.

The Senior Inclusion Support Officer can provide you with advice on the exclusion process including information about appeals against permanent exclusion, please contact:

David Roberts (01234) 276809 or email David.Roberts@bedford.gov.uk

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