Parents have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of The Petchey Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals, published by the Department for Children Schools and Families as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and it is binding on all parties. The academy should prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have about the process.

Appeal timetable for September 2019 intake

If you have not been offered a place at Petchey Academy, 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 in Hackney.   

If you wish to appeal, please download an Appeal Form HERE. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory leaflet about appeals 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 forms are acceptable. In black ink.  Please ensure that the clerk can read your details including telephone numbers and e mail addresses. ‘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.

THE TIMETABLE FOR APPEALS IS AS FOLLOWS;

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2019

4pm on Monday 29 April 2019 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 2019.   You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to

clerk@educationappeals.com (preferred method) or posted to Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.
The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the school Tuesday 2 July 2019 (morning)
Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on  Tuesday 2 July 2019 after stage 1
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 Monday 25 June 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.

TIMETABLE FOR APPEALS FOR MID TERM APPLICATIONS IS 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 or posted to Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ. Appeals are held within 30 school days of the receipt of the appeal form.

TIMETABLE FOR APPEALS FOR THE 6TH FORM IS AS FOLLOWS;

Last day for Lodging appeals

4pm on Tuesday 27 August 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to

clerk@educationappeals.com (preferred method) or posted to Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.   Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible.
Appeal date The date will be during the month of September 2019.
  For further information please call 020 7275 1581 to speak with our Admissions Officer.