Independent Appeal Panels perform a judicial function regulated by law - the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012. These are the opening paragraphs of the Code:
Section 1: Constitution of Appeal Panels
1.1. Under Section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, responsibility for making arrangements for appeals against the refusal of a school place rests with the admission authority of the school. The admission authority and appeal panel must act in accordance with this Code, the School Admissions (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, the School Admissions Code, other law relating to admissions, and relevant human rights and equalities legislation, for example, the Equality Act 2010.
1.2. Appeal panels perform a judicial function and must be transparent, accessible, independent and impartial, and operate according to principles of natural justice.
The full Code can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... peals-code
Although the Code doesn't expressly cover the issue of confidentiality, it is woven into the fabric of the process, and woe betide anyone who breaks confidence after a hearing. They would be breaking the law, plain and simple.
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