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admissions and admissions appeals

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All schools and academies must ensure their admissions arrangements are Code compliant. Given the complexities and vagaries of the Admissions Code and the Admission Appeals code, you may need expert advice to help you.

Getting it wrong can lead to a challenge from the Schools Adjudicator, the local authority or parental complaints to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and, in the worst cases, having to admit significantly more pupils than you had planned.

Our experience and expertise means we provide you with immediate and expert advice on any issue relating to admissions or appeals quickly and effectively.

Our expert admissions lawyers have extensive experience of advising schools on admissions arrangements and supporting them with appeals. Whether you need to change your admission arrangements, respond to the Schools Adjudicator, challenge the local authority on admission requests for looked after children or under the Fair Access Protocol, or simply want support managing appeals on the day, we are here to help you.

what we do...

  • Admissions compliance - advising on changes to admissions arrangements to ensure compliance with the Code.
  • Supporting you through admission appeals - focusing on all aspects of admission appeals including advice and support, drafting your prejudice statement and acting as presenting officer or clerking appeals.
  • Advising schools on Fair Access Protocol and in-year admissions - including local authority requests relating to looked after children.
  • Supporting schools when faced with parental complaints to the EFA.
  • Supporting schools faced with objections to admission arrangements - following the involvement of the Schools Adjudicator.
  • Bespoke training - training panel clerks and appeal panel members.
  • Providing advice on collaboration - to support joint admission appeal arrangements.

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Guides

FAQs - Converting to academy status

These FAQ are designed for single schools looking to convert to academy status, a group of schools wishing to form a multi academy trust or a school looking to convert and join an existing multi academy trust.

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What’s the process for SEN admissions?

Richard Freeth gives a summary of the process that must be followed by local authorities with schools prior to a child with a SEN statement or EHC plan being admitted.

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Legal updates

Term time holidays - what you need to know!

The recent High Court case between the Isle of Wight Council and Mr Platt regarding the prosecution for failing to ensure his daughter’s regular attendance at school was widely reported and has caused some confusion in the approach to be taken regarding attendance enforcement.

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Admissions appeal webinar

In this webinar Dai Durbridge talks you through, dealing with questions from parents and drafting a strong prejudice statement.

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