IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it may not be possible to hold appeal panel hearings in the usual way this year. The Department for Education has now issued revised guidelines for Admissions Authorities on how appeals should be dealt with. Appeals will be heard during May/June/July; all appellants will be contacted by the independent appeals clerk to explain the process, which will be the same for all Ark schools.

DfE Guidance - Information for Parents

Click here for guidance provided by the DfE.

Ark Schools appeals timetable September 2021 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception in September 2021 will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).

You may find this booklet useful should you wish to make an appeal:

PDF iconArk Blacklands Admissions Appeals Booklet 2021

  Offer date Deadline for lodging an appeal
Primary 16 April 2021 17th May 2021

Appeals panel hearings will take place within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals. .

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by the independent appeal panel clerk.

If you wish to appeal for a place in Reception, please first read this PDF iconGuidance on Infant class size appeals , click here for the primary appeal form.

Please contact the academy if you need a paper form.

Infant class size appeals

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Reception class in September will be heard in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).

Mid-year appeals must be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal. ‘On-time’ appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date by an external agency engaged by the Ark network.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the external agency at least five working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

Please read this Guidance on Infant class size appeals.pdf and follow this link to the primary appeal form.