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Appeals

If you have not been offered a place at The Skinners' School, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel.  This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority.  The appeals are held at the school.  Please note that some of the arrangements for appeals are different to those held prior to 2013.

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form from the school's website.  Please do NOT use the Kent County Council form or send your appeal form to KCC.  In addition, it is suggested that you download the explanatory leaflet about appeals for Grammar Schools.  Please read this leaflet carefully. You are advised to collect evidence as soon as possible; do not leave this until later.  The criteria which the independent panel will consider is different to non-selective schools.

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form.  Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal.  You may appeal for more than one school.

The timetable for appeals is as follows

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2016 4pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.
The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the School Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 6.30pm.
Stage 2, the individual private hearings will take place on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May 2016.
Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.
Any additional or supporting evidence Thursday 4 May 2016.  You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.  Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence; all such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  You are advised to start collecting any evidence BEFORE the Easter school holidays.
Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel By Tuesday 24 May 2016.
In year appeals These appeals are heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged with the Clerk.  Unless you waive this right, you will be given 10 school days' notice of the hearing.  Additional evidence must be sent to the Clerk to the panel not later than 5 working days before the hearing.  Decision letters are dispatched 5 working days after the hearing.

 

The Education Funding Agency

A parent who has been unsuccessful cannot appeal against the Independent Appeal Panel's decision.  If you consider that there was an administrative fault regarding the way your appeal was conducted, parents can complain to the Education Funding Agency.  The agency do not have the power to overturn the panel's decision; that can only be done through the courts.  The Company, the Governors and the panel will be consulted by the Education Funding Agency if complaints are made.  If the agency does find fault AND a place would have been offered, a fresh hearing is conducted by another independent appeal panel.