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Guide: School admission appeals

How to appeal

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on school admission appeals

The government has issued new legislation and Regulations around how school admission appeals will now be conducted, called the School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Part of the new Regulations disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either by video conference, telephone or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing.

The Regulations also stipulate that appeals cannot be delayed or postponed until they can be heard face-to-face. As a result, Devon’s Independent Appeals Panel Service will be conducting appeals via video conferencing facilities.

All parents that have already submitted an appeal for either primary or secondary schools have also been contacted separately.

Read our information for parents on changes to how school appeals are currently being held due to COVID-19. We’ve also produced a guide to using Microsoft Teams.

We strongly advise that you read through all the information provided before you submit an appeal. This is to ensure you are fully informed of the appeals process and what circumstances the panel can and cannot consider.

If you feel you have a case to put forward and are ready to appeal, please complete our online admission appeals form.

If you require a paper copy to be sent to you via post, please email or phone 01392 381362 to request this.

Additional evidence

If you have additional evidence to support your appeal such as medical records, legal documentation or any other proof of circumstances which you are unable to include at this time with your appeal form, please send this directly to the Independent School Appeals Clerk either by email or post (details below). This must be received at least 5 school days in advance of your appeal.

Please ensure you include yours and the child’s full name, date of birth and the school you are appealing for along with any evidence submitted to prevent delay to your appeal.


Post to:
Independent School Appeals Clerk
County Hall
Topsham Road