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.  Please note that some of the arrangements for appeals are different to previous years.

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form here.  Please 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. Please read this leaflet carefully. You are advised to collect evidence as soon as possible; do not leave this until later. The criteria which the independent panel will consider is different to non-selective schools.

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.

***scores

Where the Kent Test Score is greater than the “in area” score of 372 (1st March), parents do not need to persuade the panel that their daughter is of the academic standard for the school.  In such cases, the School Admission Appeals Code only requires the panel to balance your case (why this is the best school to meet your child’s needs) against the school’s own prejudice to education case.  Where the score is less than 372, parents will need to persuade the panel that your child is of the standard for the school.  If you need any clarification, please contact the appeals administrator: Stephen Payne, stephen@educationappeals.com

2017 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 2017 to ensure that your case will be heard in the first tranche of hearings:

4 pm on Thursday 30 March 2017

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 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 on 27th June. 

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

Wednesday 10th May 2017 at 5.00 pm

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

15th, 16th 17th and 18th May 2017

Depending on the number of appeals lodged, appeals may not be heard on 18th May.

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 4th May 2017 

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.

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

By Friday 26 May 2017

 

IN YEAR APPEALS

Appeals for In Year applications are as follows:

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

Hearing:

Within 30 school days of the receipt of your appeal form by the Clerk.

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

At least 10 school days before your hearing.

Any additionalor supporting evidence:

5 working days before the hearing.  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.

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

5 school days after the hearing.

 

SIXTH FORM APPEALS

Parents and applicants have a statutory right of appeal, both in the event that a conditional offer is not made and in the event that a conditional offer is not confirmed. If you wish to appeal please use download the Appeal Form here, and it is suggested that you read this explanatory leaflet.

All appeals should be lodged as soon as possible and not after 20 school days have passed from the date of the refusal letter. Appeals lodged under both circumstances will be heard within 30 school days of the GCSE results.

Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to mailto:clerk@educationappeals.com or posted to: Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.

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

At least 10 school days before your hearing.

Any additionalor supporting evidence:

5 working days before the hearing.  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.

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

5 school days after the hearing.