School admission appeals timetable

Coronavirus: school appeals

The Department for Education has issued new guidance in relation to school admission appeals which took effect on 24 April 2020. Following discussions, Surrey County Council (SCC) has decided that school appeals will run audio appeals using a conference call system supplied by SCC. The exception to this is for multiple appeals for the same school and year group where stage 1 will be heard on paper and stage 2 by audio. Parents who have decided, or who wish to decide, for their appeal hearing to be heard on paper will still be heard in this way. This has been agreed in conjunction with SCC Legal team and is considered to be the fairest and most consistent way forward ensuring majority of appellants can participate. We are in discussions with schools to establish which schools are able to this.

September 2020 entry

Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission in September 2020 to community and voluntary controlled schools will be heard according to the following timetable – for other types of schools please refer to the school record in the Directory of Surrey Schools:

SchoolOffer Appeals lodged by Appeals to be heard by
Secondary 2 March 2020 30 March 2020 16 June 2020 (40 School days)
Primary 16 April 2020 18 May 2020 20 July 2020 (40 School days)

Please note, appeals will not start being heard until after the relevant closing date has passed.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial appeal, they must make sure that it is received no later than 5pm on the day preceding three clear working days prior to the appeal hearing date.

Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The Appeal Panel must decide whether it should be considered taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.