Guide: School admission appeals

What is the Independent School Appeals Panel?

The panel is independent of the County Council or other admission authorities. It hears appeals against decisions made by the admission authorities relating to either admissions to schools or exclusions from schools within the administrative county of Devon (not including Torbay or Plymouth).

When dealing with appeals, the panel follows guidance in a code of practice drawn up by the Department for Education.

What are the circumstances in which I can appeal?

You can appeal when the school that you would prefer is considered by the admitting authority to be full because in their view to admit any further children ‘would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources’ (Section 86(3)(a) of the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act).

If your appeal is for year groups R (reception), 1 or 2 please see the section on infant school appeals for more information.

What chance does my appeal have?

Each appeal is considered on a case-by-case basis. It will not be affected by the result of the decision in any other appeal. Statistics to indicate the number and results of appeals in the last full academic year are available on request.