School Admission Appeal Panel Members

28 Dec 2018
02 Feb 2019
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We are currently looking to appoint members to hear appeals for school admissions appeals and exclusion reviews.

There are no specific qualifications or experience that you need to become a Panel Member and we welcome people with all types of knowledge, background and experience.

Panel Members are expected to play an active part in questioning all parties at the hearing, showing favour to neither party, avoiding expressing personal opinions during the course of a hearing or making the case for either party and being conscious at all times of acting, and being seen to act, independently of the local authority and the school.

Panel Members need the ability to carefully consider the cases of all parties and then make a balanced and reasoned decision based on what they have read and heard.

Everyone involved in an appeal hearing needs to be familiar with the Schools Admission Code, the Schools Admission Appeals Code, the guidance on exclusions and any background legislation.

Panel Members are also required to attend training and briefing sessions.

The role is voluntary although expenses are paid for attending panel hearings and briefing/training sessions.

Please note that employees of City of Wolverhampton Council are not eligible for these appointments.

Applicants will be interviewed in February and training will take place in March.

If you are interested in becoming an independent school admission appeal panel member you can obtain further details and an application form by contacting Julia Cleary on 01902 550546 or email

Closing date 31 January 2019

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