1.4 Admission authorities must ensure that every appeal hearing consists of:
a) at least one lay member. Lay members are people without personal experience in the management or provision of education in any school (though it is permissible to use people who have experience as governors of other schools, or who have been involved in education in any other voluntary capacity); and
b) at least one person with experience in education, who is acquainted with educational conditions in the area, or who is the parent of a registered pupil at a school.
1.5 The following people are disqualified from membership of an appeal panel and admission authorities therefore must not allow them to sit on panels:
a) any member of the local authority which is making the arrangements or which maintains the school in question;
b) any member or former member of the governing body of the school in question;
c) any person employed by the local authority in a capacity connected with education, or the governing body of the school in question, other than a person employed as a teacher or as a teaching assistant;
d) any person who has, or at any time has had, any connection with the authority or the school, or with any person within sub-paragraph c), of a kind which might reasonably be taken to raise doubts about his ability to act impartially in relation to the authority or the school;
e) any person who does not satisfy the training requirements as set out in the Appeals Regulations.
Admission authorities must not allow a teacher or teaching assistant to sit on appeal panels considering appeals against decisions about admissions to their school. Admission authorities must not allow a person to sit on an appeal panel considering an appeal against a decision if they were among those who made the decision, or provided information which contributed to the decision.
1.6 While it is the responsibility of individual panel members to disclose whether any of the circumstances described in paragraph 1.5 apply to them, and whether there may be any potential for their independence and objectivity to be challenged in relation to a particular school or family, the body appointing panel members should also think about this. For example, Admission Forum members representing a particular school or interest group connected to the local authority or school involved in the appeal, diocesan representatives who may have contact with the school etc. would not be perceived to be impartial.
Employment by a local authority or other body in a capacity unconnected toeducation or to the school itself, or as a teacher or teaching assistant at another school, are not in themselves reasons for disqualifying someone from membership, unless there is another reason why their ability to act impartially might be doubted.
2.12 ..... the admission authority must also provide appellants with the following information at least three working days before the
a) names of the panel members and clerk, with the caveat that these may be subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances, and in what capacity they are serving (see paragraph 1.4). This is to give appellants (and other parties) the opportunity to raise any doubts as to the impartiality of particular panel members before the appeal hearing;