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School Admissions Appeals

At Cartwright King we have a team of Education Lawyers who can assist with School Admissions Appeals and represent parents at hearings across the country. Appeals have to follow a strict procedure and there are time limits which should be adhered to. It is therefore important if you are considering an appeal, to seek legal advice. We offer affordable, fixed fee legal advice and support. Call us or email us using the contact form below.

Why instruct a lawyer?

Securing your child a place at the school that best suits their needs, is so important for their future. Some parents are surprised to learn that they are only entitled to express a preference as to the school they wish their child to attend and that a place at their preferred school is not guaranteed. We understand how deeply frustrating it can be to discover that your son or daughter has been refused a place at the school you wanted them to attend.

You have a right to appeal this decision. The details about how to apply and who to apply to, will be set out in the admissions decision notification you receive. Typically, you will have 20 school days in which to lodge your appeal. It is very important that you adhere to the time frames set.

A successful appeal addresses more than why you feel that your chosen school is the right school for your child.

Consideration should be given to other issues, including:

  • Whether the school admission arrangements comply with the admissions law;
  • Whether the over subscription criteria for the school are fair and reasonable;
  • Why your child was refused a place;
  • Whether there has been any human or computer error in allocating places; and
  • How the school operates.

The work required in properly addressing these issues can seem daunting and all the more so when you are having to work within a very strict time frame. Many parents simply find that the time required to undertake this crucial task, is time that they simply do not have. Others feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, or just want to ensure that their child’s appeal is the very best it can be, to optimise the chances of success.

How we can help

We assist parents with school admissions appeals for all types of schools including maintained schools, academies, free schools and grammar schools. We have the necessary expertise to know what information to include in your appeal and how best to present it. Not only will we draft and submit the written representations in support of your appeal, but if need be, we can even represent you at your admissions appeal panel hearing.

Our services:

  • “Normal round” admissions for primary and secondary schools
  • In year admissions/transfers for primary and secondary schools

Package A – written representations - £500 plus VAT

You will need to:

  • complete and submit your initial appeal form
  • represent yourself at the admissions appeal hearing (both stage 1 and stage 2)

We will:

  • draft and submit the written representations in support of your appeal
  • draft further written representations if needed after consideration of the admission authority’s evidence (reasons for refusing your child a place)

Package B – written representations and hearing - £850 plus VAT*

You will need to:

  • Complete and submit your initial appeal form

We will:

  • Draft and submit the written representations in support of your appeal
  • Draft further written representations if needed after consideration of the admission authority’s evidence (reasons for refusing your child a place) 
  • Represent you at the admissions appeal hearing (both stage 1 and stage 2)

Package C – hearing - £600 plus VAT*

You will need to:

  • Complete and submit your initial appeal form
  • Draft and submit the written representations in support of your appeal
  • Draft further written representations if needed after consideration of the admission authority’s evidence (reasons for refusing your child a place)

We will:

  • Represent you at the admissions appeal hearing (both stage 1 and stage 2)

*Travel to and from each hearing will be charged at the reduced rate of £100 plus VAT per hour (in 15 minute increments) with an additional 45p per mile for journeys by car or reasonable public transport fares. We will always agree travel fees with you in advance once all the relevant information is known.

*Unavoidable waiting time will be charged at the reduced rate of £100 plus VAT per hour (in 15 minute increments).

How to make contact

You can call us or email us using the contact form further down this page.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our team of solicitors are adopting Skype video calling to continue providing excellent legal services to you.

For more information on your rights surrounding Coronavirus, visit our dedicated page.
 

Why choose Cartwright King?

We have lawyers who can assist wherever you are based and who can also assist with SEN issues, exclusion appeals and other areas of educational law. We’re here to take the worry off your hands but it is important that you get in contact as soon as possible so that we can start work straight away.

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Our locations?

We have offices in Bedford, Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Cartwright King also promotes remote working, so we can provide you with the same excellent service outside of our office locations.

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