School Admissions Appeals


If you've received the news of your child's secondary school place and it's not the decision you'd hoped for – the prospect of appealing may seem a little daunting. Simpson Millar has dealt with a large number of appeals, and below we’ve detailed some case studies; you can see what we do.

Has your child got the school place you'd hoped for?

Case Study No. 1

Our first case was a young man who had mild autism – but it was not enough to warrant an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from the local authorities. We took the appeal case and argued that his place at that school was definitely required.

This was for various reasons:

  • He was refused a place at a school with an excellent unit dedicated solely to catering to the needs of children and young people with autism.
  • The school had the right level of staff that really understood autism and had suitable training – due the fact there was this unit on site, the school buildings had been designed to be autism friendly (such as the acoustics), and pupils were encouraged to integrate with the main school, and this was done quite effectively.
  • The school also had a below average number of students for a secondary school; which means a more nurturing environment, which would be much less frantic and more accommodating for the child.

We won the case and the child began his secondary school that September.

Case Study No. 2

We have also acted for parents who have had quite serious family issues; especially where the emotional development of their child is linked to their school placement. One case we handled, involved a mother who had been in a violent relationship.

  • The child had emotional attachment issues, in particular with males – he had also been subjected to bullying at school.
  • His mother wanted to secure a place for her son at a school to where he would be able to maintain his existing friendships, as a number of his peers from primary school were also attending.
  • We were able to produce evidence to show that his social skills and confidence would be negatively impacted if he did not remain with his secure group of friends.

Case Study No. 3

For some families, when relationships breakdown – it is often the children who bear the brunt of the issues. For one child whose case we took on, it was very likely that this would be the case:

  • The Mother's relationship has irretrievably broken down with her ex-partner.
  • Some of the ex-partner's family attended the school where her child was offered a place.
  • It was very likely, due to the bad blood between the two sides of the family, that the child would receive negative attention from the older males who also attended the school.

It was on these grounds that we took the case to the local authorities; no child should be subjected to bullying; issues arising when they have done nothing wrong. We got the authorities to offer a new place for the child to study.

Simpson Millar Can Help With Admissions Appeals

If you're worried that the place your child has been offered isn't the right one for your child and your family – you do not have to just put up with the choice. The local authority has an obligation to make sure your child's educational needs are met.

Each child is different, and often, this is not taken into account when offering places – you can appeal the decision.

Simpson Millar's Admissions Appeals Team are on hand to give you straightforward legal advice if you want to appeal. It really is as simple as calling us, or fill out our enquiry form and we will discuss your options.

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