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Admissions and Appeals Service

Availability

Available to: All Mainstream Schools and Academy schools

As follows: Annual Agreement – Financial Year 2018/19


Service description

The Local Authority allocates places at Rotherham schools in accordance with the Authority’s published admissions policy, the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998 as amended by the Education Acts 2006 and 2008 and the 'Admissions and Appeals Codes of Practice'.

This involves facilitating admissions, transfers and appeals and is undertaken at no cost to community and controlled schools in the Borough.

The team can offer the same level of service to schools where the Governing Body is the Admission Authority (i.e. Academies or Trust schools). Where the service provided is a statutory duty of the Local Authority there is no cost, however charges will arise in respect of non-statutory functions the Admissions Team performs on behalf of Academies.

The Admissions Team has extensive knowledge of all school admissions and school admission appeals procedures and relevant regulations. We provide a full admission service for children transferring to Year 7, Foundation Stage 2/Reception and Year 3 in a separate Junior School and also a full transfer service for those wishing to change schools mid-term.

See the Service Level Agreement


Charges

Schools Forum, following a period of consultation with all schools and academies, voted to provide funding for School Admissions and Appeals Services via the schools block of Dedicated Schools Grant, with effect from 1st April 2018 and subsequent years thereafter.

Following direction from the Department for Education, the decision made at Schools Forum needs to be deferred for a year as the Forum consultation, vote and subsequent decision is not sufficient to top slice the schools block at source. A disapplication process now needs to be completed which means that the decision cannot be fully implemented until the 2019/20 financial year.

As the funding for Admissions and Appeals Services will be in the schools block and incorporated into respective school budgets, rather than being removed prior to individual allocation, there will need to be an interim arrangement for the period of the 2018/19 financial year whereby schools and academies will be invoiced individually for admissions and Appeals Services via Service Level Agreement (SLA) until the disapplication process can be completed.

Full Admissions Service

Charges to Maintained Schools and Academies for admission services are calculated at a cost of £28.38 multiplied by the Published Admission Number (PAN) for the School / Academy.

Appeals Service

The cost is £128 per appeal. This charge includes case preparation, LA clerk costs, room hire, Officer time and appeal panel member expenses.

The Appeals Service is available to all maintained schools and academies.


Get in touch

Contact: Dean Fenton

Telephone: 01709 254821

Email: dean.fenton@rotherham.gov.uk