How likely is your school place appeal to succeed?
500 parents appealed school decision last year in county
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have not been awarded a place, but not all appeals reach the stage of being heard by a panel - some, for example, are withdrawn.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.