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16 Jun 2009, 16:21 by Ian Jones

Labels: admission, admission-appeal, admission-appeals, admissions, advice, appeal, application, barrister, civil-law, daily-mail, daily-telegraph, education, governing-body, guardian-newspaper, ian-jones, lawyer, primary, school, school-admission, school-admissions, school-appeal, school-appeals, schools, schools-adjudicator, schools-appeals, secondary, secondary-school

Ian Jones is quoted extensively in the newspapers this week as figures are released showing that 1 in 10 primary school children were denied a place at the school preferred by their parents. 

For those who want to follow the media discussion, the story is taken up by the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and the Guardian newspapers.

School appeals are likely to feature further in the news over the next few weeks, with more school appeal statistics due out on Thursday and with a forthcoming High Court ruling on the powers of appeal panels.

 Ian Jones is a barrister specialising in school appeals and education law at New Walk Chambers, Leicester.

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School appeals - What to do if the appeal fails?

28 May 2009, 15:06 by Ian jones

Labels: admissions, barrister, school-admission, school-appeal, school-appeals, school-governor, secondary, secondary-school, special-educational-needs, student

Independent Appeal Panels are working through the backlog of appeals for primary and secondary school places and grammar school appeals. Appeals submitted by the local deadline (which varies across the country) need to be heard and decided by the end of the first week in July.

 Statistically about one in three appeals is successful, so the majority will not be allowed. This statistic masks a range of experience, depending on the type on school and the respective strengths of the admission authority's case and that of the parents.

Many appeals are still waiting to be heard. It may not be too late to obtain professional advice for your child's appeal or representation at the hearing. Please click here for further details.

But if you have already been through the appeal process, what can you do if your school appeal fails? If an independent appeal panel refuses your admission appeal, this decision is final and binding. There is no further appeal. Their decision can only be challenged if the panel did not follow the proper process, got the law wrong or came to a decision which was so unreasonable that no panel in their right minds would have come to the same decision. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not sufficient.

If you think the appeal panel ‘got it wrong', you have three choices. You can ‘put up with' the result, or you can refer the case to the Local Government Ombudsman to investigate, or you can bring a claim for judicial review. If you are thinking of pursuing the complaint, you must do so quickly, as there are legal time limits and any delay may make it even harder to obtain a place at your preferred school.

Written by Ian Jones, barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in School Appeals.

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BBC Breakfast Show interviews barrister Ian Jones about school admission appeals

03 Mar 2009, 15:55 by Ian Jones

Labels: admission, admission-appeal, admission-appeals, barrister, education, school, school-appeal, school-appeals, schools-appeals, secondary-school

  Secondary school offers and the school appeal process featured in the news again today, this time on the BBC 1 Breakfast ShowIan Jones outlined the appeal system, while Schools Secretary Ed Balls MP was later asked about the use of a lottery system to allocate school places and about whether the system is too complicated.

Written by Ian Jones, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Education Law.

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More parents use lawyers to secure school places

24 Oct 2008, 09:47 by John Snell

Labels: guardian-newspaper, ian-carter, ian-jones, school-appeal, school-appeals

Mr. Ian Jones was interviewed by the Guardian about school appeals and the now common place use of lawyers by parents in school appeals, Mr Jones (who may have been incorrectly reffered to as Ian Carter) said "Parents want to know when they need to move house to secure the best place at schools. They want to know how close they have to be to the school to guarantee a place, and they dont want a margin of error ... They want advice on how to get it right from the beginning". Mr Jones went on to say that many parents felt they needed the representation to navigate the complex and emotionally charged process of school appeals. He then said "they feel the system is stacked against them and they need support to get through it".

Reported in the Guardian thursday 23rd October 2008 on page 6.

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