If your child has been refused a place in your preferred school(s) you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. We advise you check your refusal letter and understand the reason for the refusal. If your child has been refused due to the year group being oversubscribed, your letter will advise whether the refusal is also on the grounds of Infant Class Size Legislation.
If you appeal against a refusal where admitting further pupils would be prejudicial to the Infant Class Size legislation, you should note that the Appeal Panel can only offer a place to a child where it is satisfied that :-
- it finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit; or
- it finds that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or
- it decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
Please refer to the statistics below, given the limited nature of the possible grounds on which an appeal may be allowed under Infant Class Size.
Statistics for Appeals
In-year Infant Class Size Appeals (Reception - Year 2)
2020/21 - heard 7 - all refused
2019/20 - heard 2 - all refused
2018/19 - heard 12 - all refused
In-year Non-infant Class Size Appeals (Reception - Year 11)
2020/21 - heard 25 - refused 20, allowed 5
2019/20 - heard 34 - refused 27, allowed 7
2018/19 - heard 74 - refused 66, allowed 8