Appeal Dates & Information

If you have not been offered a place at Sacred Heart Catholic School, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. The appeals are held at the school. 

If you wish to appeal, you can collect an appeal form from the reception at the Sacred Heart School, Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RP or alternatively, please contact the school on 0207 274 6844 and an appeal form will be sent to you.  Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you read the explanatory leaflet about appeals before you complete the appeal form. The panel would prefer the form to be written in black ink and please ensure that the clerk can read your details including telephone numbers and email addresses.

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal.

The Timetable for Appeals is as follows:

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2020

4pm on Tuesday 31st March 2020 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2020.   You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. Appeal forms and other information may sent to the school.

The Stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the school

Thursday 23 April 2020 at 8.00 am.

Stage 2, the Individual Private Hearings will take place on

Thursday 23 April 2020 and Friday 24 April 2020.

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the Stage 1 hearing.

Any additional  supporting evidence

Thursday 16 April 2020. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 2 weeks after the last hearing for the school.