Appeals for Reception Admissions 2021

Appeal Dates & Information - Reception Phase 

If you have not been offered a place at St Matthew Academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals this year will be held online using ZOOM.

If you wish to appeal, please use the online form by clicking here. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. 

Appeal booklet can be downloaded by clicking here

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You are also required to upload two utility bills dated in the last three months.You may appeal for more than one school

The timetable for appeals is as follows: -

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Reception to start in September 2021

4pm on Monday 17th May 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2021. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the school

Friday 18 June 2021

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on

Friday 18 June 2021

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.

Any additional  supporting evidence

Friday 11 June 2021 You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 2 weeks after the last hearing for the school.