School appeals panel

Volunteers sit on panels that consider school admissions appeals and review decisions on permanent school exclusions. Apply now and we will contact you when we are next recruiting.

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What will I be doing?

  • You will be sitting on independent admission appeal panels
  • Ensuring that parents feel they have had a fair and independent hearing, have been given every opportunity to put their case and have been taken seriously.
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What skills or experience do I need?

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good literacy and listening skills
  • Able to remain firm and calm
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Ability to work with other panel members

Certain individuals are prohibited from serving as panel members: please refer to our members work profile for details.

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How much time do I need to give?

The amount of time needed for this work varies depending on the level of commitment you wish to give.

Appeals take place all year round, although the peak months are between May and July. Each appeal hearing lasts around 40 minutes. Appeals are usually grouped together to create a full day of hearings starting at 9am and finishing at approximately 5pm.

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Where will I be located?

Hearings should be held in a place that is reasonably accessible for parents, so the venue will normally be in the locality of the school that is the subject of the appeal.

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What will I gain from the role?

This is a really worthwhile role in which you can make a difference to children, parents and schools in the county.

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What support will I be given?

Full training will be provided before you are appointed to an appeal panel.

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Will I receive expenses?

This is voluntary work but members are entitled to claim for their travelling expenses, the cost of their lunch and in some instances loss of earnings.

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How do I find out more?

Apply now, read our information documents below or contact us:




Phone: 01992 588548

Information documents: