If you have not been offered a place at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals are usually held at the school.
Please DO NOT use any forms provided by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and do not send your appeal form to Greenwich. The appeal form should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel (Ref MS) PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ. You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.
You can download an explanatory leaflet of the appeal process here: Appeal Guide
The timetable for appeals is as follows:-
|Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2018||4:00pm on Thursday 29 March 2018. Appeal forms received after this date will be considered a late appeal and may not be heard until September 2018. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.|
|Appeals will take place on:||
Stage 1, where all parents are invited to hear the case for the school - Monday 21 May 2018 at 8:30am.
Stage 2 – individual hearings for which you will receive an appointed time – Monday 21 May and Tuesday 22 May 2018
|Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel||At least 10 school days before the hearing|
|Any additional or supporting evidence||Monday 14 May 2018. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will NOT be taken into account.|
|Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the Independent Appeal Panel||By Tuesday 29 May 2018.|
|In-year appeals||These appeals are heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged with the Clerk. Unless you waive this right, you will be given 10 school days’ notice of the hearing. Additional evidence must be sent to the Clerk to the Panel not later than 5 working days before the hearing. Decision letters are dispatched 5 working days after the hearing.|