Appeals: Refused a school place

Page updated on: 01/06/2020

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There are changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak. On the 4th May 2020, Welsh Government released temporary changes to School Admissions Appeals.

The new temporary regulations will remain in force until 31st January 2021. The temporary regulations will apply to:

  • Appeals lodged between 4th May 2020 and 31st January 2021
  • Appeals that have already been lodged before 4th May 2020 but have not yet been decided

Find out what the key changes are and what it means for you as a parent.

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If you are refused a place for your child at any of your chosen schools you will be notified by e-mail. We will only refuse a place at a school if the year you are applying for is full. If your child is refused a school place to any of your chosen schools, there is a right to appeal against this decision.

The only exception to this is if you're applying for a part-time nursery place for your 3 year old, in this instance there is no right to appeal.

How to appeal

  • You must appeal within the time date on your notification letter.
  • You need to write to Democratic Services stating why you think your child should have a place at the school.
  • Appeals are arranged by Democratic Services. Your appeal will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel of 3 or 5 members comprising lay members (persons who have no experience in the management/delivery of education at a school) and persons with experience in education. They are not employees of the Council and you will be invited to attend the meeting. The meeting will usually be in either Carmarthen or Llanelli.
  • Their decision is final. You can only appeal once per school year for each school.

You can expect to hear the Panel’s decision on your appeal within 7 - 10 working days of the hearing.

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