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This is statutory guidance from the Department. This means that recipients must act in accordance with it when carrying out duties relating to school admission appeals.
The guidance covers the statutory basis for the School Admission Appeals Code, the constitution of appeal panels, appeal hearings, reaching decisions on appeals, infant class size appeals, further appeals and complaints about appeals. It also covers appeals by governing bodies against local authority decisions to admit twice-excluded children as well as relevant legislation and further information about the local government ombudsman and complaints about appeal panels.
The guidance will be kept under review and updated as necessary.
Under section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, responsibility for making arrangements for appeals against the refusal of a school place rests with the admission authority of the school. The admission authority and appeal panel must act in accordance with this code, the School Admissions (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, the School Admissions Code, other law relating to admissions, and relevant human rights and equalities legislation, for example, the Equality Act 2010.
This guidance is for:
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Academies are required by their funding agreements to comply with the Code and the law relating to admissions.
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