Admission Appeals

Right of appeal

If your child has not been successful in gaining admission to their preferred school you have the right of appeal against the decision.  You must have applied, and been refused a place in your chosen year group, before you can appeal.

All appeals are considered by an independent appeal panel. The panel is made up of people who have played no part in the original allocation of places and are independent of the school and the Local Authority. The independent appeal panel’s decision is binding on all parties.

You will normally be given two weeks’ notice of the date, time and venue of the appeal hearing, or if this is not possible due to the time constraints of the appeals, you will be asked to agree to a waiver. All relevant papers will be sent to you 10 school days before the hearing (unless a waiver agreed).

Once the panel has made the decision a decision letter confirming the outcome and, in the case of unsuccessful appeals, full details of the reasons for the panel’s decision, will be sent to all appellants.

Main Intake Appeals (Reception and Year 7)

You must complete the appropriate Appeal Form stating the grounds for your appeal. Appeal Forms are available from the School by e-mailing admissions@qegsblackburn.com

or by telephoning 01254 686300.

All paperwork should be returned to:

Main Intake Admission Appeals, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, West Park Road, Blackburn BB2 6DF

If you need advice on completing the appeal form please contact the Place Planning & Admissions Team, telephone (01254) 666605.

You will receive confirmation of your appeal hearing directly from the Appeals Team at Lancashire County Council. The appeals for the Year 7 intake often involve a large number of appeals for individual schools which can last over several days or weeks but the panel cannot make any decisions until they have heard all the appeals for that school/year group.

Appeal dates & deadlines for admission in September 2024

Year 7 

31st March 2024* – Deadline for on-time appeals  (appeals will still be accepted after this deadline but may be heard at a later date than appeals lodged on time)

21st May  – 23rd May 2024 – For appeals lodged on time, a notice of appeal hearing date and time should be issued in this time by LCC via secure email (please make sure you check your junk & spam folders).

10th June – 14th June 2024 – All appeals lodged before the deadline of 31st March 2023 will be heard before the end of 14th June 2024.

*All appeals lodged after 31st March 2024 will be heard with the on time appeals wherever possible. If they cannot be heard with the on-time appeals, they will be heard within 30 school days of the date the appeal are lodged. In some circumstances, this may mean appeals for the September intake will be heard after the school’s summer holidays. We will endeavour to stick to the above dates wherever possible, however, please be aware that these dates may be subject to change depending on the number of appeals received.

Reception

15th May 2024* – Deadline for on-time appeals  (appeals will still be accepted after this deadline but may be heard at a later date than appeals lodged on time)

12th – 16th June 2024 – For appeals lodged on time, a notice of appeal hearing date and time should be issued in this time by LCC via secure email (please make sure you check your junk & spam folders).

8th -9th July 2024 – All appeals lodged before the deadline of 15th May 2024 will be heard before the end of  9th July 2024.

*All appeals lodged after 15th May 2024 will be heard with the on time appeals wherever possible. If they cannot be heard with the on-time appeals, they will be heard within 30 school days of the date the appeal is lodged. In some circumstances, this may mean appeals for the September intake will be heard after the school’s summer holidays. We will endeavour to stick to the above dates wherever possible, however, please be aware that these dates may be subject to change depending on the number of appeals received.

In-Year Appeals

You must complete the appropriate Appeal Form stating the grounds for your appeal. Appeal Forms are available from the School by e-mailing admissions@qegsblackburn.com

or by telephoning 01254 686300.

All paperwork should be returned to:

In-Year Admission Appeals, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, West Park Road, Blackburn BB2 6DF

If you need advice on completing the appeal form please contact the Place Planning & Admissions Team, telephone (01254) 666605.

Appeals are heard on a monthly basis. You will receive confirmation of your appeal hearing via secure email (please check your junk &  spam folders) directly from the Appeals Team at Lancashire County Council.

Re-appeals

You may appeal for more than one school, but are only allowed to appeal once for each school in respect of a school year.

Please note that distress caused to a pupil because of not gaining a place at the preferred school will not normally be considered sufficient grounds for granting a re-appeal.

Requests for re-appeals for QEGS are considered by the school and not the Local Authority.

Please e-mail any requests for consideration to admissions@qegsblackburn.com