Wilson's School

The Appeals Process


Right of Appeal


Provided a valid application for a school place has been made, parents have a right to appeal against a decision not to offer their child a place at the school for Year 7. In order to make a valid application to Wilson’s School, parents must name Wilson’s School on their home Local Authority’s Common Application Form.
 
In order to allow an appeal, the appeals panel would need to be satisfied that there is evidence to demonstrate that your child is of the required academic standard (for example, he has  passed the entrance examinations), and:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied, and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or
  • that the admission of additional children would not prejudice the provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources.
 
After hearing both cases (the School’s case and your case setting out why your son should be offered a place at Wilson’s despite the fact that it is full), the Panel is then required to carry out a two stage balancing process to decide which case is stronger.


The Appeals Process


Please read the Independent Appeals Clerk’s Guidance for Parents about the Appeals Process.
 
If you have any queries about the appeals process, please contact a member of the Admissions Team on 020 8773 2931 or email admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk.
The following is an indicative timetable for the admissions appeals process. The exact dates will be updated before 1 March 2019; the deadline to lodge the Appeal Form and any supporting evidence will be at least 20 school days after 1 March 2019.
 
Deadline to lodge any additional supporting documents
Appellants will be asked to lodge all supporting evidence with their Appeal Form. However, any supplementary information that is not available by the deadline to lodge the Appeal Form must be submitted at least 10 days before the hearing date.  Please note that the school’s admission criteria is based on academic ability and therefore evidence of non-academic or extra-curricular achievements (e.g. sports, music, attendance and behaviour awards) are not relevant and should not be included.
 
Notice of the appeal hearing date
The Clerk to the Admission Appeals Panel will write to you giving you the date and time that your appeal hearing will be held.  You will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of the allocated appeal hearing date.
 
Appeal hearing dates
Appeals are likely to be heard during May but will be no later than mid-June.
 
Decision letters
Letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.  The decision of the independent Admission Appeals Panel is binding on you and the School.