Bucks parents most likely to appeal places
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%.