School waiting lists
If you are not happy with the place you have been offered, you can put your child on a waiting list for a different school without going through the formal appeal process. As a voluntary aided school we manage our own waiting lists but there is additional guidance via the link below.
If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you are entitled to appeal against the refusal. Appeals are heard by panels which are independent of the school, governing body and council. The independent panel follows the School Admission Appeals Code drawn up by the Department for Education with advice from the Local Government Ombudsman.
Should I appeal?
Only you can decide whether you would like to appeal. Before making this decision, it is worth considering the reasons that have been given for the refusal to offer a place, and the grounds on which an appeal panel can grant your appeal.
Infant Class Size appeals
Infant class size legislation relates to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and states that there can be only 30 children in an infant class with one qualified teacher.
For appeals where class size legislation applies (this is the case for the majority of appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Leeds), the appeal panel may only grant an appeal if they are satisfied that:
- the admission of an additional child would not breach the infant class size limit; or
- the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or
- the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
Please note that the threshold for unreasonableness is extremely high in infant class size appeals.
For appeals where class size legislation does not apply (often known as prejudice appeals), the appeal panel must consider:
- whether the admission arrangements (including the area’s co-ordinated admission arrangements) complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
- whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in the case in question.
The appeal panel must then decide whether the admission of additional pupils would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.
Where the panel is satisfied that prejudice would be caused by a further admission, they must then balance the prejudice to the school against the parent/carer’s case for the child to be admitted. This second stage is called “the balancing of arguments”. Stage 2 of the appeal hearing provides you, as the parent/carer, the opportunity to outline the reasons why you feel your child should be admitted into the school. Following the hearing, the panel will consider both arguments and decided which argument outweighs the other.
How do I appeal for Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School?
As a voluntary aided school, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary arranges its own appeals so if you would like to appeal for a place you must contact the school directly using the Corpus Christi Primary School Appeals Form and see the school’s Appeals Timetable for deadlines.