School Admission Appeal Solicitors
Like any regimented process, admission to school procedures can work efficiently or be a source of contention or disappointment.
Please note: we are unfortunately unable to advise clients on a legal aid basis. If you are looking for legal aid, or for general guidance on what actions you can take to protect you or your child’s education rights, you can refer to the Education section of the Citizens Advice website.
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In many situations, admissions can be a source of extreme stress and can potentially derail a well-planned academic future.
This makes it vital to ensure you are able to address your issues in a satisfactory and efficient manner. And if time is a factor, correct legal representation can be close to essential.
At IBB Law, our education law specialists assist with all elements of the academic appeals process. Including, but not limited to:
- Advising on your legal options and guidance
- Drafting Grounds of Appeal Documentation
- Reviewing your documents and assisting with supporting documentation
- Providing formal representation during hearings
We provide expert, tailored guidance for your appeals case, giving you the best chance of securing your child the place they need for their education and future.
We offer a fixed fee initial consultation with our team to discuss your needs and see how we can help. We then charge for our services on a fixed fee basis, providing certainty over the costs involved.
Looking for quick answers about school admissions appeals? Take a look at our FAQs.
How our education law specialists can help with school admissions appeals
Infant Class Appeals
These cases can be challenging to win or fully resolve. They are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Schools are legally required not to exceed 30 children in a class. However there are legal arguments that can assist with the exceptions that exist in the rules.
Moving between schools mid-year is common and admissible in a number of situations. If an admissions request is refused due to the school being full, parents are able to exercise their right of appeal.
Secondary School Appeals
Transfer procedures open up a range of options when it comes to formulating arguments and undertaking formal appeals. This will involve addressing the issue of potential prejudice and factor in resource allocation – processes that can benefit from professional legal counsel.
SSEN Adjacent Appeals
If a child is subject to a Statement of Special Education Needs or an Educational Health and Care plan and is not allocated a place, you have the potential to appeal to a First Tier Tribunal instead of an Admissions appeal panel. Securing specialised, experienced care for this process is highly recommended.
Common questions about school admissions appeals
What can you do if your child does not get into their choice of school?
Recent changes to educational law and admission processes have resulted in an increased caseload for legal professionals. This can happen on a yearly basis and leave families – and institutions – wrong-footed when it comes to conforming to regulations and making sure your child secures a place in the primary or secondary school of their choice.
If your child does not secure the school place of your choice, it is important to take the following steps.
- Do not panic. There is a formal process available to address your specific issue. Bringing extra stress into the situation will only be counterproductive
- Take time to clarify your issue with the body in question and ask to be provided with all relevant documentation
- Look into the options available to support you with your case
If issues do arise during admissions, families are able to make appeals to a relevant Independent Appeal Panel (IAP) for your area.
Unfortunately, while all families are allowed to express a preference for their child – there is no hard-and-fast guarantee that allows that preference to be honoured.
Read our blog ‘What to do if you are unhappy with your child’s school offer’.
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