Admissions Appeals

Parents whose application for their child to be considered for admission to the school is unsuccessful have a right of appeal to an independent Admissions Appeals Panel.

In the first instance, they are invited to contact the school to discuss their dissatisfaction.  If they remain dissatisfied, they will be given details of the formal appeals procedures and the relevant forms to complete.  Traditionally, very few appeals are upheld and those that are tend to have significant professional supporting evidence.  It must be remembered that for the appeals process to be valid an application to the school must have been made according to the following arrangements:

  • submitting on time a valid “Registration for Testing” form;
  • the applicant taking all components of the entrance tests;
  • placing Bournemouth School on the application form submitted to the Local Authority (if applying for entry into Year 7).
Timetable for Admission Appeals for entry to Year 7 in 2021
     1 March 2021      Offer letters posted by local authority
     15 March 2021      Deadline for acceptance of offer
     1 April 2021      Deadline for lodging an on-time Appeal
     4 May 2021 - 30 June 2021      Appeal hearing dates
  • Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, in line with legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2021 are being heard based on written information only.
  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  • Appeals are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays unless essential to avoid un-necessary delays.
  • Where there are a number of parents all appealing for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  • The school’s case will be dispatched to parents and Panel members at least 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar days of the end of the hearing.  During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary letter in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.

Please see the Department for Education guidance:  Coronavirus (Covid19): school admission appeals