Please can someone clarify the stages of appeal for an oversubscribed school. First stage, second stage?
This is all part of the same appeal - first the authority's case, then the parents' case.
Do we have to go to two appeals?
No, although sometimes stage 1 is done as a group hearing, and all the parents attend together to hear the authority's case. Otherwise, there's a single hearing, and both stages are dealt with at the same time.
C6. Can a school that has gone over its admission number admit another child (without the child’s parents submitting an appeal)? - How can this be possible!!! If parents haven't sumitted an appeal, how is this possible? Has the parent contacted the school via phone or letter?
Note that the answer is "in limited
circumstances"! These are special cases for which provision has been made in the Admissions Code. For example, after the allocations have been done, and the school is full, a child might get a 'statement of special needs' naming the school. That child must be admitted, even though it means the admission number will be exceeded. It's a legal requirement!