Wallington County Grammar School

Appeals

On 1st March 2022 (National Offer Day) you will receive a communication from your home Local Authority regarding an offer of a Secondary School place. If you have been unsuccessful in being offered a place at Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS), you have the right of appeal if you had made a valid application by;

  1. Reaching the WCGS pass mark** from the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) previously held, and
  2. You have listed Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) on your Common Application Form (CAF)

**If your son was unsuccessful in reaching the Selective Eligibility Test pass mark for our School but you wish to appeal, then you must have listed WCGS as a preference on your CAF in order to invoke your right of appeal. 

 

Lodging an Appeal for a Year 7 place for 2022 entry

  • Please contact the Admissions Officer at Wallington County Grammar School from 1st March 2022 in writing (email address admissions@wcgs.org.uk or mwaters5.319@wcgs.foliotrust.uk) to request an appeals pack. Please ensure you provide your son's full name and his date of birth and an Appeals Information Sheet and an Appeal Against Admission Form will be emailed back to you.
  • Alternatively you can download these 2 documents by clicking on the following links:

Appeals Information Sheet for Year 7 2022 entry 

Appeal Against Admission Form for Year 7 2022 entry

 

  • We ask that your Appeal Against Admission Form and any supporting documentation you wish to provide are returned to the school by midday on Tuesday 29th March 2022 (which is 20 school days from National Offer Day).
  • Five copies of your Appeal Form and five copies of your supporting documentation must be provided (collated into five separate packs please). This is to ensure that the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and each of the three Appeals Panels members and the Presenting Officer at the school have a copy of your Appeals Form and any supporting documentation you wish to submit. Please make every effort to send all documents to support your appeal at the same time.
  • All Transfer to Secondary School Year 7 Appeals will then be heard within 40 school days of the submission deadline stated above (so no later than Thursday 16th June 2022).
  • In accordance with latest government guidelines, all appeals hearings will be held remotely in 2022. Please read the Appeals Information Sheet for further information. All hearings will be heard either via a Zoom video or audio call, or by a telephone conference call, or on a paper based system.  
  • Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 7 days before an Appeal Hearing may not be considered by the panel.
  • Please ensure that your supporting documentation is relevant to the grounds on which you are appealing. Please do not provide supporting documentation such as sporting achievement certificates, music achievement certificates, reading certificates, spelling certificates or good conduct certificates - as these cannot be used in support of your Appeal Hearing as they are not relevant to the School's Admissions Arrangements document (which is available to read on this website).
  • You will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 school days notice of when your appeal will be heard. Appeal hearings are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent from the school, and he/she will appoint an independent Appeals Panel to hear the formal appeals.
  • The outcome/result of your Appeal Hearing will be communicated to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel within 5 school days of your appeal being heard).
  • Decisions made by the Independent Appeals Panel are binding.

  

Mid-Term (or in-year) admission appeals & Sixth Form appeals

Provided a valid application to join Wallington County Grammar School has been unsuccessful (i.e. where testing has normally taken place for a mid-term vacancy and your son was not offered a place at our School, or where students have applied for a place in our Sixth Form and have been unsuccessful) parents/carers, and the student themselves if applying for a place in Sixth Form, have the right of appeal.

  • Please contact the school in writing to request an Appeals Pack (using either of the Admissions Officer's email addresses stated above). This Appeals Pack consisting of an Appeals Information Sheet and an Appeal Against Admission Form will then be emailed to you.
  • Five copies of your completed Appeal Against Admission Form and five copies of your supporting documentation must be provided (collated into five separate packs please). This is to ensure that the Presenting Officer at the School, the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and each of the three Appeals Panels members have a copy of your Appeals Form and any supporting documentation you wish to submit. Please make every effort to send all documents to support your appeal at the same time.
  • Please make every effort to send all documents to support your appeal at the same time.
  • Any evidence or supporting documentation submitted less than 7 days before an Appeal Hearing, or brought in on the day of the hearing, may not be considered by the panel.
  • In accordance with latest government guidelines, all appeals hearings will be held remotely in 2022. Please read the Appeals Information Sheet for further information. All hearings will be heard either via a Zoom video or audio call, or by a telephone conference call, or on a paper based system.  
  • You will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 school days notice of when your appeal will be heard. Appeal hearings are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent from the school, and he/she will appoint an independent Appeals Panel to hear the formal appeals.
  • Appeals for Mid-term entry or for Sixth Form entry will be heard no later than 30 school days after your completed Appeal Form was lodged with the school.  
  • You will be contacted by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and given at least 10 school days notice of when your appeal will be heard. Appeal hearings are arranged by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel who is independent from the school, and he/she will appoint an independent Appeals Panel to hear the formal appeals.
  • The outcome/result of your Appeal Hearing will be communicated to you by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel within 5 school days of your appeal being heard).
  • Decisions made by the Independent Appeals Panel are binding.

 

 

For further information regarding Appeals Hearings and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Panel;

Please click on the link below to read a Department for Education paper (published on 15th March 2019) on the Appeals process and the role of the Appeals Panel and the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

Advice for Clerks & Appeal Panels on School Admission Appeals