Wallington County Grammar School

Appeals

 

Lodging an Appeal for a Year 7 place

On 1st March 2021 (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 previously held, and

2. Listing 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. For further information, please read the Selective Eligibility Test (SET) FAQs on this website.

  • Please contact the Admissions Officer at Wallington County Grammar School in writing (via a letter addressed to the school or via an email to admissions@wcgs.org.uk) if you wish to appeal. Please ensure you provide your son's full name, his date of birth and your home address. The Admissions Officer will then email you an Appeals Pack (containing an Appeals Information Sheet and an Appeal Against Admission Form) for you to complete and return along with any supporting documents. We ask that this form and supporting documentation where possible are returned to the School by midday on Monday 29th March 2021 (which is 20 school days from National Offer Day) to allow all of the Transfer to Secondary School Appeals for Year 7 places to be heard on the same day in May/June 2021.
  • Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 the Government had issued new guidelines for appeals being held up until 31st January 2021 that appeal hearings would either be heard via a video conference, or by a telephone conference, or on a paper based system.  
  • One original AND four copies of your supporting documentation AND your completed Appeals form need to be provided (collated into 5 separate packs please). This is to ensure that the School, the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and each of the 3 Appeals Panels members have a copy of your Appeals Form and supporting documentation.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 Criteria & Arrangements document (which is available to read on this website).
  • Notice of your Appeal Hearing - 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.
  • When will my appeal be heard? – Appeals (for Transfer to Secondary School) for parents/carers who lodged their appeal by 29th March 2021 will have their Appeal Hearing heard by no later than Wednesday 16th June 2021 (this being 40 school days after the deadline for lodging appeals 29th March 2021).
  • Notification of the decision – This will be within 5 school days of the appeals hearing wherever possible and you will be informed of the outcome of your appeal by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).
  • 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. This Appeals Pack will be provided to you via email and will consist of an Appeals Information sheet and an Appeal Against Admission Form for you to complete and return along with any supporting documents. This is to be returned to the School by the date specified on your email correspondence.
  • Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 the Government had issued new guidelines for appeals being held up until 31st January 2021 that appeal hearings would either be heard via a video conference, or by a telephone conference, or on a paper based system.  
  • One original AND four copies of your completed Appeals Form and any supporting documentation you may wish need to be provided (collated into 5 separate packs please). This is to ensure that the School, the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and each of the 3 Appeals Panels members have a copy of your Appeals Form and supporting documentation (if any was submitted).
  • 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.
  • Notice of your Appeal Hearing - 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.
  • When will my appeal be heard? – 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.  
  • Notification of the decision – This will be within 5 school days of the appeals hearing wherever possible and you will be informed of the outcome of your appeal by the Clerk to the Appeals Panel (who is independent from the School).
  • 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