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The Appeals Process

Coronavirus COVID-19 Notice

The deadline for submission of the Appeal Form of Friday 3 April 2020 still applies. In view of the current situation we will accept submission by email via admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk if necessary. If you are unable to submit your appeal form by the deadline because for example you are ill or self isolating please let us know by email to admissions@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk. We will contact appellants in due course about the arrangements for the admission appeal hearings in view of the current government restrictions on movement and requirements for social distancing.

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.

The Appeal Form can be downloaded here.
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 deadline to lodge the Appeal Form is 12 noon on Friday 3 April 2020.
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.
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