An appeal can be lodged against the Education service. This is heard by an independent panel who decide if the decision is justified and if the service has followed correct procedure. Further information on the appeals process is available from the Head of Governance.
An appeal must be lodged within 28 days of a refusal letter being issued. Prior to submitting an appeal it is strongly advised to seek a meeting with an officer from the Education service and to consider whether:
- the grounds for refusal are allowable
- the council guidelines have been followed
- you agree with what the council has said
Please note: Only one appeal can be lodged per year. It is not possible to process any other placing requests until an appeal is concluded.
In considering requests for early entry the Education service must take into account the normal constraints affecting education generally. In determining any request we will hold a meeting with you, and also consider whether additional resources, in terms of staff, adaptation of school buildings or facilities will require to be committed as a result of the early entry request. This would have an influence on our decision.
If the service manager (Early Years) refuses the request, we will write to let you know and give reasons for the refusal.
You have the right to appeal against this decision by writing to the Chief Education Officer within 14 days of the date of the refusal letter. Your letter should highlight factors which you feel were not considered in your application. The Chief Education Officer, Schools, Learning and Education's decision is final.
If you do not agree with the decision reached by the Appeals Panel, you will have an opportunity to appeal against that decision. Information on how to appeal will be included in the letter sent to you.
All of the information considered by the Panel, plus any additional information you wish to add, would be re-considered by a different group of early years education professionals.
The decision of the Appeals Panel will be final.