Southgate School

Admission Appeals

If you have not been offered a place at Southgate 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.  Please note that some of the arrangements for appeals are different to previous years.

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form from the school’s website.  In addition, it is suggested that you download the explanatory leaflet about appeals. Please read this leaflet carefully. 

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.

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 29th 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.

Appeal dates

Stage 1 (with all other parents present), Thursday 24th May 2018 at 8.30am.  Depending on the number of appeals lodged, Stage 2 hearings (which are held in private) will be heard on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th 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 stage 1 hearing

Any additional  or supporting evidence

Thursday 17th May 2018.  You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing may not be taken into account.   Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence.  All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound. But may be stapled on the top left hand corner.

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

Monday 4th June 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.


Documents Date  
Admissions Appeal Form.docx 17th Dec 2018 Download