Three Monkeys wrote:
I see from the Kent County Council '2014 Transfer to Secondary School' Booklet that should one's child fail to be offered a place at their preferred choice of school, then an appeal should be lodged by April 2nd 2014. The leaflet then states that admission appeals will be heard from April to June 2014.
Strictly speaking, this is an administrative rather than a legal deadline. http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a2
In other words, KCC are saying that, if you want to be included in the first and main batch of hearings, you should submit an appeal form by 2nd April, so that there is time for the arrangements to be made.
After 2nd April, the later you are in submitting your form, the greater the chance that your hearing will take place late. If you think you're more likely to be available in July, this might suit, although the timing could be tricky. (Wait too long to submit the form, and you could finish up with a hearing in September/October. Don't wait long enough, and they'll still try to squeeze you into the main batch!)
There are pros and cons with a late appeal:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c22
If a late appeal doesn't suit, another possibility is to notify the administrators (when you submit your appeal) of dates when you are likely to be unavailable, assuming that you know them. Appeal forms sometimes ask about your availability, anyway.
However, there's no guarantee that a request to avoid certain dates can be accommodated.
If one is unable to attend on a designated appeal date, is it possible to have this date rearranged?
It would be up to the administrators to decide whether they have any flexibility, but it could be difficult. They will probably say that if you are unable to attend, the case will be heard in your absence, and anything you have submitted in writing will be taken into account. However, it's worth asking.
I would strongly advise you to do everything possible to avoid having your case heard in absence. Generally speaking, the success rate for such appeals tends to be much lower!
Also, can anyone confirm whether or not these appeals are always held during term time, or is there a chance that they will be scheduled for the two week Easter holiday during April? Is it safe to book a 2 week family holiday for the Easter holidays, or are we safer to plan to remain at home during this period just in case of being summoned to an appeal hearing.
Appeals are not usually arranged for the school holidays - but it would be best to double check with KCC.