School appeals

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on school appeals

The scheduled school appeals have been postponed following guidance issued by Government.

We know that this will be disappointing for children and their families given the uncertainty that this causes. We will continue to liaise direct with parents and carers who are involved in the appeals process. We are involved in regular communications with the Department of Education to help find a suitable a resolution.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus on admission appeals there may be unavoidable delays this year in scheduling appeals.

Panel members/local authority representatives/clerks who are required to attend can not do so given the current situation.

We are working urgently to establish alternative arrangements which are suitable but also flexible. We are looking at flexibility to hold panels via telephone or video conference or in writing and also at extending the normal timescales.

Updates on this matter will be provided as soon as possible.

If you have any further concerns or questions please contact us.

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal against that decision to an independent appeal panel.

For community or voluntary controlled school appeals you can request an appeal form by calling Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (01254 666605).

If the school is a voluntary aided, foundation, free school or an academy then you must contact the individual school office to request an appeal form.

Once you have completed your form, you should return it to the organisation that sent you it.

If you submit your appeal in the normal admission round on time (before 31st March 2021 for High Schools and 24th May 2021 for primary schools), your appeal will be heard within 40 school days.

At other times of the year, your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the admissions team or the school receiving your completed appeal form.

A copy of the information relating to your appeal and details of the hearing will be sent to you 10 school days before your appeal is heard.

You will be invited to attend the appeal hearing to tell the independent panel why you feel your child should have a place at your preferred school.

Due to the ongoing nature of the outbreak and the social distance rules the temporary regulations (The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021) has been extended until 30 September 2021 so hearings can be held virtually.