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500 par­ents ap­pealed school de­ci­sion last year in county

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - CLAIRE MILLER hinck­ley­times@reach­

MORE than 500 par­ents in Le­ices­ter ap­pealed their child’s school place of­fer last year - but less than a fifth were suc­cess­ful.

New data re­veals there were 530 ap­peals heard in Le­ices­ter in re­la­tion to places for Septem­ber 2017 from par­ents un­happy with what they had been of­fered.

Of those heard, 16% went in the par­ent’s favour.

That fig­ure was much lower than the na­tional av­er­age, which saw just 21.8% of ap­peals suc­ceed.

Most of the ap­peals are likely to re­late to of­fers made on Na­tional Of­fer Days for en­try to Re­cep­tion and Year 7, al­though some will be for chil­dren trans­fer­ring to a dif­fer­ent school.

There were 328 ap­peals heard in re­la­tion to pri­mary school places in Le­ices­ter last year. That means 5.2% of all ad­mis­sions led to an ap­peal, more than twice the Eng­land rate of 2%.

Of the ap­peals that were heard, 49 - or 14.9% - were suc­cess­ful.

In Le­ices­ter­shire, there were 235 pri­mary school ap­peals heard, 2.6% of all ad­mis­sions, with 72 ap­peals - 30.6% - go­ing in par­ent’s favour.

For se­condary school places, 202 ap­peals were heard in Le­ices­ter last year, the equiv­a­lent of 4.8% of all ad­mis­sions. Of those heard, 36 were suc­cess­ful, or 17.8%.

There were 307 se­condary school place ap­peals heard in Le­ices­ter­shire, 3% of all ad­mis­sions. Of these, 102 were suc­cess­ful, 33.2% of those heard.

Applicants can lodge ap­peals against any school at which they have not been awarded a place, but not all ap­peals reach the stage of be­ing heard by a panel - some, for ex­am­ple, are with­drawn. The heard rate is there­fore a bet­ter mea­sure of the gen­eral ap­peal rate.

Over­all 44,520 ap­peals were heard in re­la­tion to places start­ing in Septem­ber 2017 in Eng­land, the equiv­a­lent of 3.0% of new ad­mis­sions.

That com­pares to 44,626 (2.9%) the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures pub­lished by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.

Across Eng­land, 9,715 ap­peals went in the par­ent’s favour, a suc­cess rate of 21.8% of those ap­peals which were heard by an ap­peals panel.

This is un­changed from the num­ber and per­cent­age suc­cess­ful last year.

At pri­mary level, 16,643 ap­peals were heard, 2.0% of all ad­mis­sions, with a suc­cess rate of 19.1%, up from 18.1% At se­condary level the rate of ap­peals heard was 4.1% of ad­mis­sions.

The pro­por­tion of se­condary ap­peals heard has in­creased from 3.6% for Septem­ber 2015 starts and 3.7% for Septem­ber 2016 starts, and is at its high­est rate since at least 2013 (data is un­avail­able for 2011 and 2012 and 4.5% of ad­mis­sions led to an ap­peal be­ing heard for Septem­ber 2010 starts).

The suc­cess rate was 23.4%, down from 24.6% for ap­peals re­lat­ing to Septem­ber 2016 starts, and the low­est level recorded in the time se­ries, which goes back to 2004.

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