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.

Year 7 – September 2022

Year 7 places will be offered, via the local authorities, on 1 March 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. On the Admissions page you will find details of how many applications there were, and a breakdown of places by oversubscription criteria. If after reading the information you need clarification about why your child was not offered a place, please speak to the Admissions Office at the Academy.

Timeline for appeals:

  • Deadline for submitting an appeal form: Tuesday 29 March 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 still heard by 15 June 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 hearin. 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 information about the admissions process, waiting lists, frequently asked questions and statistics.

The appeal form can be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. Paper forms can be requested by telephone or e-mail via the contact details given below.

In-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’ tab at the top of the website.

Before you can make an appeal you must first have applied to the Academy for a place and have completed a recent 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 (In-Year Appeals FAQ).

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 stating:

  • your child’s name and date of birth
  • the name of the academy that you wish to make an appeal for


Contact details

Telephone: 01274 089780 - option 7 for Admissions & Appeals

E-mail: appeals@dixonsacademies.com

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