Appeals – Transfer to Secondary School - Year 7 September 2019

On National Offer Day (1st March 2019) you will receive communication from your home Local Authority regarding offers of Secondary School places.

 

If you have been unsuccessful in being offered a place at Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) but had made a valid application by;

1. Reaching the WCGS pass mark from the Selective Eligibility Test previously held, and

2. Listing WCGS on your Common Application Form (CAF)

You have the right of appeal.

 

If your son was unsuccessful in reaching the Selective Eligibility Test pass mark for our School but you wish to appeal, then you must list WCGS as a preference on your CAF. For further information, please read the SET FAQs on this website.

 

Appeals lodged after National Offer Day for Transfer to Secondary School

We ask for all appeals to be lodged by Midday on Friday 29th March 2019 (this being 20 School days after National Offer Day on 1st March). Your appeal hearing will then be organised for no later than 40 school days after this date.  The Clerk to the Appeals Panel will contact all appellants and confirm their Appeal Hearing date, time and location.  
 
Parents/carers who do not lodge their appeal by this date will not have their Appeal Hearing heard at the same time as the other Transfer to Secondary School Appeal Hearings.
  • Please contact the school in writing to request an Appeals Pack. This Appeals Pack will consist of; a covering letter, an Appeals Information sheet for your information and an Appeal Against Admission Form for you to complete and return along with any supporting documents. We ask that this is returned to the School by the date specified on the covering letter and marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.
  • One original AND four copies of your supporting documentation need to be provided.
  • Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 2 weeks before the Appeal Hearing, or brought in on the day, may not be considered by the panel.
  • Please ensure that your supporting documentation is relevant to the grounds on which you are appealing. Please do not provide supporting documentation such as sporting achievement certificates, or good conduct certificates or previous test papers your son has completed - as these cannot be used in support of your Appeal Hearing and are not relevant to the School's Admissions Criteria & Arrangements document.
  • Notice of your Appeal Hearing - you will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 school days notice of when your appeal will be heard.  Appeal hearings are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent from the school, and he/she will appoint an independent appeals panel to hear the formal appeals.
  • When will my appeal be heard? – The initial round of appeals (for Transfer to Secondary School) for parents/carers who lodged their appeal by 20 days after National Offer Day, will have their Appeal Hearing heard by no later than Tuesday 18th June 2019 (which is 40 schools days after 29th March 2019).
  • Notification of the decision – This will be within 5 school days of the appeals hearing wherever possible and you will be informed of the outcome of your appeal by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).
  • Decisions made by the Independent Appeals Panel are binding.
  • If you are unhappy with the way your appeal was conducted, you may contact the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).   

 

Mid-Term (or in-year) admission appeals & Sixth Form appeals

Provided a valid application to join Wallington County Grammar School has been unsuccessful (ie. where testing has taken place for a mid-term vacancy and your son was not offered a place at our School, or where students have applied for a place in our Sixth Form and have been unsuccesful) parents/carers, and the student themselves if applying for a place in Sixth Form, have the right of appeal.
 
Please contact the school in writing to request an Appeals Pack. This Appeals Pack will include a covering letter, an Appeals Information sheet and an Appeal Against Admission Form for you to complete and return along with any supporting documents. This is to be returned to the School by the date specified on the covering letter and marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.
 
The deadline for receipt of appeals information and supporting documentation will be documented in your covering letter posted with your Appeals Pack. 

The date of your Appeal Hearing will be communicated to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. 

Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 2 weeks before the appeal hearing, or brought in on the day, may not be considered by the panel.

Your Appeals Hearing will take place no more than 30 schools days after lodging your Mid-Term/Sixth Form Appeal. The outcome of your appeal hearing will be communicated back to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).

The decision of the Appeals Panel is final and binding.