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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Appeals for St John's

The parent(s)/carer(s) of a child refused admission may appeal to an Appeal Panel established in accordance with Section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeal panels perform a judicial function and must therefore be transparent, accessible, independent and impartial, and operate according to principles of natural justice. Any appeals must be made in writing within 20 school days of the date of the letter informing the parent that their child has not been admitted to the school. This will enable the appeal to be heard in time for any successful applicants to join the school in September. The letter must set out the grounds on which the appeal is made. Any appeals lodged after this date will be dealt with on an ad hoc basis.


Year 7 Admission Appeal Process – September 2024 Intake

Appeal documentation should be submitted to our Clerk to the Governors, Ms Lauren Riby, by the date below. Please detail your wish to appeal and your reasons supporting this decision, along with any documentation that you feel can be used as evidence in this process. Please note, lodging an appeal with us does not automatically add you to our waiting list for reallocation. To ensure this happens, you will need to contact Kent County Council directly. This can be done, through the link here. The deadline for this can be found below.

You will be contacted by the Clerk confirming their receipt of the appeal. You will then be invited to an appeal hearing, notification of which you will receive ten school days prior to the hearing’s scheduled date. You will also receive an appeal pack.

An admission authority must have heard all lodged appeals within 40 school days of the appeal deadline date. This date can be found below.

          - Re-Allocation Waiting List Deadline: 22nd March 2024

          - Appeal Deadline:  28th March 2024

The Appeal Hearings will be on the 17th,18th &19th June 2024

If any additional information is required regarding the code for school admission appeals, please consult the document attached below.