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School Admissions Appeals Panel Member

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE
Voluntary Role
Closing date
22 Nov 2023

Job Details

School Admissions Appeals – Can you Volunteer as an Independent Panel Member

Can you spare a few days each month?

Would you relish the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and families in Sandwell?

We are looking for new volunteers to become members of the Sandwell School Admissions Independent Appeals Panel to hear appeals against the refusal of a school place. Panel members must be able to make balanced decisions to ensure that parents and schools receive a fair appeal hearing. If you believe you would be able to help and this is of interest, please consider joining our School Admissions Appeals Panel.

What does it mean?

Parents and carers have the legal right to appeal against the admission authority’s decision to refuse their child a place at their preferred school. These appeals are heard by an independent panel of volunteers. As a panel member you will be expected to read the case notes in advance of the hearing, actively participate in the appeal hearing and decide whether to allow the appeal or not. Panel members are supported by a Clerk prior to and throughout the hearing.

Where and when

Appeals are heard during the week (Monday – Friday) between the hours of 9:30am and 5:00pm. Many appeal hearings will not last the full day, except during busy periods (May to July). Appeal hearings are heard remotely using Microsoft Teams so you will need access to a computer in a private setting.


No minimum commitment or duration, you chose how often or not you sit on a Panel.

Appeals take place all year round and you will normally have plenty of notice if we require you to sit. The busiest period is between May and July, when we hear appeals about decisions on admittance to secondary school (Year 7), junior school (Year 3), and primary school (Reception). During this busy period there may be a requirement to attend hearings for multiple days.


No special qualifications or experience are required as training will be provided. We welcome volunteers from people of all ages and backgrounds, both with and without experience in education matters. The only requirement is your time and your desire to achieve the best outcomes for our children and their families. You will need to commit to a full day’s training, which will likely be in early 2024. If you are unable to attend this training, you will not be able to join our pool of volunteers.


The work is voluntary, and members are eligible to claim expenses.

If you are interested and have some questions please contact us by emailing Democratic Services at

If you would like to volunteer, complete, and return the attached application below and we will contact you upon receipt.

Supporting documents
Application form


Who are we?

Sandwell is situated at the very heart of the West Midlands, just a stone’s throw from Birmingham. A large, diverse, metropolitan borough, Sandwell offers exciting opportunities for all in a friendly, supportive environment.

Why work for us?

  • Generous annual leave entitlements
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits scheme, which includes:
  • An exclusive retail discounts portal
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for cars, bikes, technology and car parking
  • An employee assistance and counselling service
  • Annual leave purchase scheme
  • A wide variety of learning and development opportunities
  • Flexi-time working
  • A variety of leave schemes including carers, compassionate, maternity and paternity
  • Volunteering scheme

Your career at Sandwell Council

We offer something for everyone, with an incredibly wide range of career opportunities, at any stage of your career, from apprentices to senior managers.

Whether your focus is a support service, such as Finance, Human Resources, Legal or ICT, or a frontline service, such as Social Care, Planning & Regeneration, Housing or Leisure, it’s worth looking at what Sandwell has to offer.

Our plans for the future

Our Vision 2030 shows just how committed we are to creating the best future possible for our communities and for the people who live and work in Sandwell. 

We’re a progressive organisation, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we know there’s much more to do to make our vision. For more information on our plans for the future see our dedicated vision 2030 page;

For more information about working for Sandwell Council, our recruitment process and our offer to you please visit;

For information on our Values and Behaviours, please visit:

To view a copy of the Local Government Career Guide, please visit;

Company info
0121 569 3300
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3BS

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