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As an Own Admission Authority, and in accordance with the provisions of the new School Admission Appeals Code, The Fernwood School is required to set a timetable for hearing any appeals that are lodged.
Until 27 August 2021 the school is contracted with Democratic Services of Nottinghamshire County Council to provide an admission appeals service for the School. Notification of precise arrangements within the scope of the timetable will, therefore, be given by the County Council acting as Clerk to the Admission Appeal Panel.
From 28th August 2021 The Fernwood School will arrange their own statutory compliant procedures.
Due to the restrictions brought in because of Covid-19 we are unable to arrange hearings in person. The government brought in regulations in April 2020 to allow appeals to heard remotely by virtual telephone hearings. The normal timescales for hearing appeals were also suspended. These regulations have recently been extended until the 30th September 2021. If, before this date national Covid-19 restrictions ease enough to allow face to face hearings to resume details will be posted to the web-site link above and we will let those affected know.
For appeals during the 2021/22 admissions round (to start Year 7 in September 2021), you should return your completed form to Nottinghamshire County Council by 29 March 2021.
If you wish to lodge an appeal for a place at The Fernwood School during 2020/21 then you need to have regard to the following dates and timescales:-
NOTE: Appeals lodged after 29 March 2021 will, where possible, be heard together with those appeals lodged before this date. Where this is not possible, they will be heard as soon as practicably possible and ideally before the start of the new school year.
Appeals relating to late applications for a place
If your application was made after 31 October 2020 (closing date for receipt of applications for secondary school places) appeals will be heard as soon as practicably possible and ideally before the start of the new school year.
In Year and Transfer Appeals
For other appeals such as transfer and in-year admissions (moving from one school to another during the school year) please return your form to Nottinghamshire County Council within 4 weeks of the date of your refusal letter. These appeals will be heard as soon as practicably possible.
How much notice of the appeal hearing date will I have?
Letters notifying parents of appeal dates and times are sent out in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent out at least 14 days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this).
If you wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to Nottinghamshire County Council no later than 10 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable the additional information to be circulated to all parties, giving the Panel and school the opportunity to consider the information in advance of the hearing. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline your hearing may have to be adjourned to a later date. Please note there is a 10MB limit to any attachment sent online or by email. If you send more than this limit we will not get your information and will not know that you have tried to send it to us. If you need to send more than 10MB please either split it across more than one email or send it by post. Regardless of how you have sent the information to us we will acknowledge that we have received it so if you don’t hear from us within three working days please telephone on the number above to make sure we have received what you have sent.
Decision letters are sent out within 7 days of the hearing wherever possible.