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What’s happening in relation to school admission appeals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in England?

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Produced in partnership with Denis Edwards of Normanton Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 17/07/2020

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with Denis Edwards of Normanton Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What’s happening in relation to school admission appeals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in England?

What’s happening in relation to school admission appeals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in England?

This Q&A is limited to the law in England.

Section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (SSFA 1998) confers a right of appeal against school admission decisions: a ‘local authority shall make arrangements for enabling [appeals] against…any decision made by or on behalf of the authority refusing a child admission to a school’. Further provision for appeals is made in the School Admissions (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/9, but the substantial details governing the conduct of appeals are contained in the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012. This is mandatory statutory guidance which all appeal panels must follow.

Parents who exercise their right of appeal under SSFA 1998, s 94 have a right to a hearing. Normally, hearings are face to face before a panel of three members, at a time and place designated by the relevant authority subject to an appeal timetable

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