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Friday, 29 October 2021 12:03

School Appeals in Kent and Medway 2021

Medway 2021
Medway Non-Selective Appeals 2021
  Appeals Upheld %
Brompton 62 7 11%
Greenacre F5 0
Leigh Rainham 7 1 14% 
Strood 1 11%
Thomas Aveling 32 2 6%

 Note: 'F' stands for 'less than' 5.

The opening of the new Leigh Academy Rainham in September has seen a considerable effect across the Authority, with the nearby Rainham School for Girls and the Howard School unsurprisingly being hit. As a result, neither of these had appeals for places this year, although Brompton Academy had even more than in 2020. Strood was also well down on last year.  

Primary Schools

This year’s data, in common with previous years, underlines the difficulty of winning a Primary School Appeal where Infant Class Legislation applies. Across Kent, there was not a single appeal upheld out of 250 organised by KCC where a successful appeal would mean breaching Infant Class Legislation as explained via the link. Most appeals were for places at Great Chart, Ashford 13; Loose, Maidstone 10; Brent, Dartford 9;  and Holy Trinity & St John's, Margate 8.  There were 11 appeal successes out of 18 in cases where Infant Class Legislation did not apply because classes were grouped in fewer than 30 pupils, spread out across Bethersden, Ashford; Bodsham, Dover; Lydden, Dover; Rodmersham, Swale; St Margaret's Collier Street,Tonbridge; St Peter's, Aylesford. 
The number of Medway appeals heard has fallen sharply from last year's 48 to just 18 for Breach of Infant Class Legislation. These were all heard by KCC panels, including seven at Woodlands, six at Pilgrim, and one each at five other schools. Medway Council had five appeals registered but none were heard, some because places were offered before the appeal and some withdrawn. Interestingly, if there had been appeal hearings, Medway Council's preferred option is for video conferencing. 
There appear to have been no Junior Appeals at all. 
The main reason for a successful appeal is because of a mistake by the Admission Authority or school made in the allocation process. You will find an explanation of the reasons for this here. A few other schools, together with Junior Schools are not subject to this constraint and, with the low numbers involved, success is much more likely if you have a good case.
There will also be a few primary academies that use independent appeal providers or set up panels themselves, but these are likely to have very similar outcomes - unless you know otherwise!




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