Admission appeals to selective schools

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Dear Department for Education,

I found the statistical release on admission appeals released on 23rd August very interesting.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

Could you please provide information on admission to England's 163 selective schools in the same format as Table 2?

So, for entry to grammar schools in the 2017/18 academic year

Number of appeals lodged by parents
Number of appeals heard by an appeals panel
Number of appeals decided in parents favour

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Joanne,

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received and logged
on 24 August 2018. I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, and it has been allocated the number 2018-0034833.

 

You asked for, in the same format as table 2 of the ‘Admissions appeals in
England’ statistical release:

 

For entry in to grammar schools in the 2017/18 academic year;

·         the number of appeals lodged by parents,

·         the number of appeals heard by an appeals panel,

·         the number of appeals decided in parents favour.

 

The 20017-2018 appeals data was derived from two sources. The local
authorities provided aggregated data for all of their community and
voluntary controlled schools via the school admissions appeals data
collection. Foundation, voluntary aided and academy schools provided their
own data via the spring 2018 school census. Nine of the 163 grammar
schools are community or voluntary controlled and therefore their appeals
figures are within their local authority aggregated figures, and so they
cannot be included in the grammar school totals.

 

For the remaining 154 grammar schools, the appeal totals for the start of
the 2017-18 academic year are provided in the table below:

 

 

TABLE 2 SUBSET: APPEALS BY PARENTS AGAINST
NON-ADMISSION OF THEIR CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL  
FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, FOR THE 154 GRAMMAR
SCHOOLS WHICH ARE ACADEMIES,  
VOLUNTARY AIDED, OR  
FOUNDATION SCHOOLS*              
Year: Entry into 2017/18  
academic year              
Coverage:  
England                  
                       
Number Number of
Number of of appeals Appeals
  admissions   appeals   heard by an   decided in  
(1) lodged appeals parents'
by panel (2) favour (2)
parents  
                       
      % %  
    Number (3)   Number (4)  
                       
Appeals relating to 154 own
authority grammar schools*          
  32,695   4,959   4,128 12.6   1,059 25.7    
                       
                       
* Nine grammar schools are either community or voluntary
controlled schools, whose appeals are provided within
the aggregated totals for these school types provided by
the local authorities. They therefore cannot be included
in
this table, and their admissions
have also not been included.          
1. New admissions into these schools at
the start of the 2017-18 academic year        
2. Appeals not taken forward because the applicant was
awarded a place at the school via the waiting list are not
included in  
these figures                  
3. Number of appeals heard by a panel expressed as a
percentage of the number of new admissions.  
4. Number of appeals decided in favour of the parents
expressed as a percentage of the number of appeals heard
by a  
panel                    

 

 

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Helen Bray, Data Insight & Statistics Division

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