Primary appeals

Emergency regulations were made in April 2020 because of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on school appeals. These regulations have been further extended and will remain in place until 30 September 2022. Where it is not reasonably practicable to hold face-to-face hearings for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings should be conducted by telephone or video conference. Where telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals conducted entirely based on written submissions are acceptable.


Infant class size

The Government has set a limit on the size of infant classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), as described below.

2.15 Infant class size – Infant classes (those where the majority of children will reach the age of 5, 6 or 7 during the school year) must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single school teacher. Additional children may be admitted under limited exceptional circumstances. These children will remain an ‘excepted pupil’ for the time they are in an infant class or until the class numbers fall back to the current infant class size limit. The excepted children are:

a) children admitted outside the normal admissions round with statements of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plans specifying a school;

b) looked after children and previously looked after children admitted outside the normal admissions round;

c) children admitted, after initial allocation of places, because of a procedural error made by the admission authority or local authority in the original application process;

d) children admitted after an independent appeals panel upholds an appeal;

e) children who move into the area outside the normal admissions round for whom there is no other available school within reasonable distance;

f) children of UK service personnel admitted outside the normal admissions round;

g) children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted otherwise than as an excepted pupil;

h) children with special educational needs who are normally taught in a special educational needs unit attached to the school, or registered at a special school, who attend some infant classes within the mainstream school.


Reception appeals – September 2022

Reception places will be offered, via the local authorities, on 19 April 2022. Children who cannot be offered a place, due to there being more applications than there are places, will automatically remain on a waiting list until 31 December 2022.

The Government has set a limit on the size of infant classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2), as described above. Appeals are very rarely upheld for infant classes because of this.

Timeline for appeals:

  • Deadline for submitting an appeal form: Monday 23 May 2022
  • Appeals received by the deadline. Although the requirement for appeals to be heard within 40 school days has been removed, the Trust will try to ensure that appeals are heard by 22 July 2022 wherever possible.
  • Appeals received after the deadline. The Trust will ensure that appeals are heard as soon as reasonably practicable and, where possible, before the start of the academic year.

In all cases parents will be given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. For written submissions, parents will be provided with a timetable.

Before making an appeal, please read the information in the appeals pack as this explains the appeals procedures and provides some information about the admissions process, waiting lists, frequently asked questions, and statistics.

The appeal form will be available from 15 April 2022 and can be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. From the same date, paper forms by post can be requested by telephone or e-mail via the contact details given below.

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In-Year

These appeals are for children transferring between schools mid-year.

The Academy is currently full in each year group. Parents can apply for their child to join the waiting list; details of how to do this can be found by clicking on the ‘Admissions’ link at the top of the website.

Before you can make an appeal you must first have applied to the Academy for a place and/or have completed an In-Year Application Form for the local authority. Once you have received a letter advising you that a place cannot be offered, you can then proceed to make an appeal for the Academy if you wish to.

The Academy can only proceed to the appeals stage if the year group is full. Places are not ‘reserved’ for those whose appeals are upheld, so any upheld appeal will result in the year group being over the admission number.

Before making an appeal, please read the documents at the bottom of this page which include information about the appeals process and, frequently asked questions and statistics (Appeals FAQ – Primary In-Year).


Contact details

If you wish to receive an appeals pack, please telephone the number given below and ask to speak to the Appeals Coordinator. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to the address below;

Telephone: 01274 089780 - option 7 for Admissions & Appeals

E-mail: appeals@dixonsacademies.com

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