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Appeals

If you have not been offered a place at St James’ Catholic High School, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel.  This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority.  The appeals are held at the school.

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form from the bottom of this page. You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form.  Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal.  You may appeal for more than one school.

A guide for appeals can be access at the bottom of this page.

The timetable for appeals is as follows:-

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2018

4 pm on Thursday 29 March 2018.  Any appeal forms received after this date will be considered a late appeal and may not be heard until September 2018.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. 

Appeals will take place on

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the hearing

Any additional  or supporting evidence

Wednesday 16 May 2018.  You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

By Wednesday 30 May 2018

In year appeals

These appeals are heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged with the Clerk.  Unless you waive this right, you will be given 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.  Additional evidence must be sent to the Clerk to the panel not later than 5 working days before the hearing. Decision letters are dispatched 5 working days after the hearing.

 

APPEALS FORM

GUIDE TO APPEALS