School Appeals Panel Members

What are School Appeals?

School appeals take place when a parent or guardian wishes to contest the refusal of a school place for their child. The panel is an independent, voluntary body that has a statutory duty to hear cases impartially. The School Appeals Panel convene and hear cases presented by the parent(s) and the Admissions Authority involved. The School Appeals Panel then decide whether or not to grant the child access to the school in question.

What do School Appeal Panel Members do?

School Appeal Panel member roles are voluntary.  Panel members listen to both parties during an appeal hearing to decide whether a child should be admitted to a primary or secondary school. Once they have made a decision, it is legally binding on all those involved.

An appeals clerk is there to advise the Appeals Panel and to ensure that the hearing is conducted within the criteria prescribed by the legislation.

Training is provided to ensure that members are familiar with the School Admission Appeals Code and fully equipped to perform their duties.

How you can make a difference?

Panel members must be able to make sense of complex information quickly and form a balanced view of a situation. They must have good communication and good interpersonal skills, but also be able to make an informed decision within the framework prescribed by the legislation.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a panel member and would like to make a difference to the future of children in Plymouth, we would like to hear from you.

How can you apply?

Online application

By phone: 01752 398164

By post: Clerk to the School Appeals Panel

     Business Support Team

     Chief Executive Department

     Plymouth City Council

     Ballard House


     PL1 3BJ

By e-mail:

 Information for Prospective Appeal Panel Applicants [PDF, 126KB]