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School Admissions Appeals - Clerking Service

What do we offer? 

The Appeal Clerks are able to provide a high quality clerking, advice and support service to manage the admission appeals and administer appeal hearings. The service is independent and complies with the latest legislation and statutory guidance. The Team will provide a range of services including:

  • provide a fully trained and experienced Panel Clerk who will operate in accordance with the School Admission and Admission Appeals Codes 

  • provide access to a pool of trained independent appeal panel Chairs and members

  • provide impartial advice on the appeal process to the academy and appellants 

  • arrange for three trained panel members to attend to hear and determine the appeal

  • issue the necessary notices and paperwork to the relevant people

  • arrange for interpreting or signing as required (costs to be met separately) 

  • attend the hearing to provide advice to the panel, to record the proceedings and the panel decisions.

Why choose us?

The team has extensive experience of dealing with admission appeals for schools. We are committed to delivering a high quality appeals service, within published timescales, and in accordance with relevant legislation, guidance and the principles of natural justice. We are part of a national network of appeals clerks, enabling the sharing of best practice.

What is provided free?

This service is free to LA maintained schools.

What is chargeable?

There is a fee for this service to academy schools. The fee includes: 

  • all clerks’ fees for provision of the appeal service as set out above 

  • training costs for clerk and panel members 

  • any travel expenses 

  • all stationary, printing and postage 

  • any necessary work required in response to a complaint to the Education Funding Agency or an application for Judicial Review.

The fee does not include: 

  • the cost of any legal advice or representation. 

  • the cost of any interpreting services required or hiring an external venue if required 

  • any other costs that arise due to exceptional circumstances or requirements.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service will be delivered from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

 

Contact Point

Rita Glen-Gallo, Committee Officer
Telephone:  01793 463611
Email:         rglen-gallo@swindon.gov.uk

 

Costs

There will be a charge for each appeal heard.

There will be an administrative charge for any appeal that is withdrawn or settled within 12 school days prior to the hearing.

Any appeal that is withdrawn or cancelled more than 12 school days before the appeal date will incur no charge.