Appeals Process

Parents/Carers of the children who are not offered an Academy place have the right to appeal to an independent Appeal Committee under the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act.  Parents wishing to appeal can download a form below or request a copy via email 

2021 Admissions Dates and Appeals Timetable

Admissions Dates:

15 March  2021:

Deadline for accepting or declining the offer of a place made on 01 March 2021

29 March 2021:

Deadline for lodging Appeals against a decision not to offer a place at Woolwich Polytechnic School – see timetable below.


Appeals Timetable:

29 March 2021:

Deadline for lodging Appeals against a decision not to offer a place at Woolwich Polytechnic School.

April – June 2021:

Appeals will be heard up to 40 school days after the deadline.

Appellants will receive at least 10 days notice of their appeal hearing.

Decision letters will be sent within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible.

Late applicants:

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals – where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In-Year Appeals

Will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Should you wish to appeal to Woolwich Polytechnic School please either complete the below application and return to Woolwich Polytechnic School. 

Changes to the appeals process due to Covid-19

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we have made changes to the way admission authorities (school governing bodies, local authorities and academy trusts depending on the type of school) carry out admission appeals this year.

The new regulations temporarily amend the 2012 Appeals Regulations and give admission authorities, local authorities and admission appeal panels more flexibility when dealing with appeals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The accompanying guidance on changes to the admission appeals regulations is non-statutory and is aimed at supporting all of those who have a duty to act in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

The regulatory changes came into force on 24 April 2020 and will remain in force until 31 January 2021.

The changes mean:

  • admission authorities will have sufficient time to deal with the annual peak in appeals for children due to start new schools at the beginning of September 2020
  • parents will continue to have the right to appeal to any school which has refused their child a place

Summary of Changes

The new regulations:

  • disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, video conference or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing
  • relax the rules with regard to what happens if one of the 3 panel members withdraws (temporarily or permanently) to make it permissible for the panel to continue with and conclude the appeal as a panel of 2
  • amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force
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