COVID-19: Changes to admission appeals regulations
In light of current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the School Admission Appeals Regulations and associated guidance have been published and are both now in force:
- The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- Changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak
The Appeal Clerks are currently working on how these changes may be implemented, including how School Appeals and Exclusion Review (hearings) will be dealt with at this time.
We're considering all available options in order to ensure that all parties can access a fair and transparent appeal or review, and the regulations allow for video/telephone conferencing or consideration on written submissions to be used for appeals.
In light of the current situation and the new regulations and guidance, it won't be possible for the bulk appeals for the York Schools to go ahead as originally planned. We're very sorry about this and recognise that this will cause inconvenience to all concerned.
Please rest assured that we are doing all that we can to put a framework in place which will allow for the appeals to take place as soon as practicable.
If you've been refused a school place for your child, you can appeal for a school place.
Before appealing for a school place
Before deciding to appeal, you may prefer to speak to us to discuss your options, including your right of appeal, the type of appeal, and when appeals are held. We can send you appeal forms appropriate to the school and year group you are appealing for.
Before your school place appeal is held
You have the right to 10 days' notice before an appeal is held, and you'll have the opportunity to attend the appeal hearing should you wish to.
You'll also receive paperwork relevant to your child's case before your appeal hearing.
Appeals for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Children with a 'My Support Plan' and those on the SEN register may appeal using the procedure as above.
However, there is a different appeals process for pupils with an 'Education, Health and Care Plan' or a 'Statement of Special Educational Need' (previously called 'School Action' or 'School Action Plus') - contact SEN Services for further details.