Appeals to Tonbridge Grammar School

If you have not been offered a place at Tonbridge Grammar 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, please download an Appeal Form herePlease do NOT use the Kent County Council form or send your appeal form to KCC. This could delay your appeal hearing. In addition, it is suggested that you download this explanatory leaflet about appeals for Grammar Schools which you should read before you complete the appeal form. The appeal form is in Word format. The panel would prefer the form to be typed, but handwritten froms are acceptable. Please use black ink and ensure that the Clerk can read read your details, including telephone numbers and email addresses, clearly. ‘Signatures’ may be typed.

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. You may appeal for more than one school.

2019 YEAR 7 TRANSFER APPEALS

The timetable for summer transfer appeals is as follows:-

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2019 to ensure that your case will be heard in the first tranche of appeals:

4 pm on Thursday 29 March 2019

You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.  Appeal forms and other information may be e-mailed to mailto:clerk@educationappeals.com (preferred method) or posted to:

Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.

Appeals received later than this may not be heard until the second tranche of appeals which could be in September 2019. 

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

Thursday 9th May 2019 at 6.30 pm

Part 2, the individual private hearings, will take place on:

Wednesday 15th May, Thursday 16th May and Friday 17th May 2019 depending on the number of appeals lodged.

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 or supporting evidence should be received by: 

Thursday 16th May 2019

You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.   Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence.  All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner. Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies.

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

IN YEAR APPEALS

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place mid-term:

20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.  Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to mailto:clerk@educationappeals.com (preferred method) or posted to: Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ. Appeals are held within 30 achool days of the receipt of the appeal form.

SIXTH FORM APPEALS

Last day for lodging appeals:

4pm on Tuesday 27th August 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.  Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to mailto:clerk@educationappeals.com (preferred method) or posted to: Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.