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Appeals

If you have not been allocated a place at Bishop Stopford School, at this time, you do have the right to appeal against this decision.

In order to appeal for a school place, you must put your request in writing to:

Clerk of the Appeals Panel

Diocesan Board of Education, Bouverie Court, 6 The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YD

or e-mail education@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

DEADLINE FOR LODGING ON-TIME APPEALS - 26th March 2021 at 12 noon.

APPEAL CLERK TO SEND NOTIFICATION OF THE HEARING (Venue, Date and Times(s) ANS STATEMENT OF CASE TO THE APPELLANTS during week commencing 3rd May 2021.

DEADLINE FOR APPELLANTS TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE – 7th May 2021. (Please note that the Panel might not be prepared to accept any additional evidence that is submitted after this date)

PROPOSED DATE OF APPEAL – Stage 1 and Stage 2 will take place during the week commencing 24th May 2021. The specific details of the venues, date(s) and times(s) will be confirmed when the appeal clerk is aware of the number of appeals received for the school.

The Clerk will send the decision letter within five school days of when the decision is made (the only provision being that this is subject to the number of appeals that are heard)

APPEALS LODGED AFTER THE DEADLINE - Will be heard without delay and if at all possible before the commencement of the September Year 7 term, although that will be subject to when the appeal is made. 

"Your school appeal would traditionally be heard in person and you would appear before a Panel of three individuals. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all appeals from March 2020 up to now have been heard electronically through the Zoom platform. The process through a PC, telephone or tablet has worked to a better level than I could have imagined would be possible at the outset and I have received no complaint to suggest that anyone has felt disadvantaged by being heard in this way. If there have been any issues with technology then we have found a way to overcome them. There are obvious advantages of the process being heard in this way such as you having the choice of the most comfortable environment to present your appeal case, instead of having to appear within a more formal setting and it also prevents the need for you to have to travel to a venue to be heard. In my opinion everything is in place to allow you to fully present your appeal case if we have to continue to hear appeals through Zoom in 2021, pending a return to appeals in person when we are finally able to provide a safe environment for all those who are involved." [Robert Hartgroves - Independent School Appeal Clerk]

March 2021