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Secondary offer day – time to prepare for appeals

3 March 2014
With primary offer day moved to 16 April, the admissions system has to cope only with secondary offers today. This year’s story differs little to the last few years – around 80% of pupils have been placed at their first choice school. For the rest, it’s a case of accepting the place offered or appeal. As the system allows an automatic right of appeal at no cost for all parents regardless of merit or chances of success, there is no disincentive to appealing. So admission authorities, schools and academies best prepare for a high number of appeals as usual and for the costs associated with them. On the plus side - for academies at least – the EFA allows academies to reclaim costs associated with appeals. Academies have to cover the cost of the first 20 appeals, but after that, they can reclaim £180 per appeal.

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