Bucks par­ents most likely to ap­peal places

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One in 16 sec­ondary ad­mis­sions in 2016/17 (6.1%) in the area led to an ap­peal be­ing heard, with 437 in to­tal be­ing heard, mak­ing it one of the high­est rates of par­ents seek­ing to over­turn de­ci­sions on where their child would at­tend school.

Over­all, one in seven (14.6%) of these ap­peals were suc­cess­ful.

Ap­pli­cants can lodge ap­peals for any school to which they have not been awarded a place, but not all such ap­peals reach the stage of be­ing heard by an ap­peals panel.

The heard rate is there­fore a bet­ter mea­sure of the gen­eral ap­peal rate.

In 2016-17 the high­est per­cent­age of ap­peals heard (3.7% of new ad­mis­sions) was at sec­ondary level.

In 2015-16, other pri­mary classes had recorded the high­est pro­por­tion of ap­peals heard, but the pro­por­tion at this phase dropped 0.4 per­cent­age points to 3.5% in 2016-17.

For all school phases, the 2016-17 fig­ure of 21.8% of heard ap­peals be­ing up­held, or found in favour of the ap­pli­cant, was a slight drop on the re­sult for 2016-17 (22.3%).

The suc­cess rate varies sig­nif­i­cantly by school phase – other pri­mary classes con­tin­ued to have the high­est pro­por­tion of heard ap­peals be­ing up­held, at 35.8%, and also was the only phase to see an in­crease in 2016-17.

In­fant class ap­peals up­held were much lower at 11.7% and were vir­tu­ally un­changed from 2016-17.

The rate of ap­peals be­ing heard (as a pro­por­tion of new ad­mis­sions) and the chance of their suc­cess varies by school type.

Over­all, the rate of ap­peals heard was 2.9%, but re­sults var­ied from 1.9% (foun­da­tion) to 3.2% (academy).

Once the ap­peals had been heard, those re­lat­ing to foun­da­tion schools were the most likely to be suc­cess­ful at 29.4% of heard ap­peals.

The low­est suc­cess rate was 17.9% for com­mu­nity & vol­un­tary con­trolled schools.

The per­cent­age of heard ap­peals which were suc­cess­ful for all schools was 21.8%.

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