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Admissions Appeal Process

YEAR 7 ADMISSION APPEALS FOR ENTRY SEPTEMBER 2021

Parents/carers whose application for their child to gain admission to Poole Grammar School is unsuccessful have a right of appeal to an independent Admissions Appeals Panel. This will be organised by BCP Council, but the appeal must be logged directly with Poole Grammar School via email notleyj@poolegrammar.com or by post marked for the attention of Ms. Jeni Notley.

Parents/carers cannot appeal ahead of school places being offered on 1 March 2021.

It is important that parents/carers accept the school place offered to their son by their local authority, in order to secure him a secondary school place. The acceptance of this place does not affect the right to appeal their son not being given a place at Poole Grammar School, or prejudice any appeal hearing in any way.

For an appeal application to be valid, the following conditions must have been met: 

  • Submitting a valid ‘Registration for Testing’ form on time;
  • The applicant taking all components of the entrance tests;
  • Poole Grammar School stated as a choice on the secondary school places application form submitted to the applicant’s local authority.

The timeline for Year 7 September 2021 admission appeals is detailed below:

Mon 1 March 2021

Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority

Mon 15 March 2021

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer

Friday 26 March 2021

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer for late applicants tested on 23/02/2021

Wed 1 April 2021

Deadline to submit an Admission Appeal to Poole Grammar School (Email notleyj@poolegrammar.com)

Thursday 6 / Tuesday 11 May 2021

Appeal hearing dates

  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, in line with legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2021 are being heard based on written information only.
  • You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  • Appeals are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays unless essential to avoid un-necessary delays.
  • Where there are a number of parents/carers all appealing for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  • The school’s case will be dispatched to parents and Panel members at least 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar days of the end of the hearing.  During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary letter in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.

If your son has not been awarded a place at Poole Grammar School for September 2021 and you would like to appeal that decision you should read the Guidance Notes for Appeals 2020-21 – Guidance-Notes-for-Appeals – Annex C 2020-21 UPDATE

To make an appeal you must fill in the Year 7 Admissions Appeal Form 2021 – Annex A Year 7 Entry Appeal Form 2020-21

You should save a copy of the completed form as a PDF entitled <INSERT YOUR CHILD’S NAME>PGSAppeal.pdf (e.g. JohnSmithPGSAppeal.pdf) and email the form to Jeni Notley (notleyj@poolegrammar.com) ensuring that the email subject header is <INSERT YOUR CHILD’S NAME> Year 7 Appeal 2021 (e.g. John Smith Year 7 Appeal 2021).

Please note that the school email system will not accept emails with attachments of 10MB or greater. If the PDF document is 10MB or larger then please print it out and post it to the school for the attention of Jeni Notley.

IN YEAR ADMISSIONS APPEALS 2020-21

If you made an application for your son to join Poole Grammar School in-year (i.e. joining Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 during the current academic year) and your son was not offered a place you may appeal this decision. You should read the Guidance notes for Appeals 2020-21 –  Guidance-Notes-for-Appeals – Annex C 2020-21 UPDATE.

To make an appeal you must fill in the In-year Admissions Appeal Form 2021 – Annex B In Year Entry Appeal Form 2020-21

You should save a copy of the completed form as a PDF entitled <INSERT YOUR CHILD’S NAME>PGSAppeal.pdf (e.g. JohnSmithPGSAppeal.pdf) and email the form to Jeni Notley (notleyj@poolegrammar.com) ensuring that the email subject header is <INSERT YOUR CHILD’S NAME> in-year appeal 2020-21 (e.g. John Smith in-year appeal 2020-21).

Please note that the school email system will not accept emails with attachments of 10MB or greater. If the PDF document is 10MB or larger then please print it out and post it to the school for the attention of Jeni Notley.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON APPEALS PROCEDURES

Poole Grammar School admissions policy 2021 applies to appeals made in the 2020-21 academic year for both Year 7 September 2021 entry or Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 in-year entry – Admissions Policy 2021-22 COVID Update Sept 2020

Further information on school place appeals is available from BCP Council –  BCP COUNCIL SCHOOL APPEALS

The Department for Education school admissions appeals code is available on the UK Government website – Schools Admissions Appeals Code

If you are unable to download and print the guidance notes and the appropriate appeal form, printed copies can be supplied to you. You can request printed copies from Ms Jeni Notley who can be contacted via email notleyj@poolegrammar.com or telephone 01202 692132.