Appeals

Appeals

About the Appeal Process

If you have been refused a place at Peacehaven Community School you have the right to have your case considered by an independent appeal panel. Please fill in the ESCC on-line form here or alternatively you can send in your appeal with supporting documentation to:

Hannah Matthews 
School Appeals Manager 
Governance & Community Services Department 
East Sussex County Council 
St Anne’s Crescent 
Lewes BN7 1SW 

Tel: 01273 482290

Deadline for submitting appeals and supporting documentation

Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2022): 1st April 2022. In-Year Appeals: You have 25 school days to submit an appeal from the date of the refusal of a school place.

Timing of appeal hearings

Main Round Appeals (entry into Year 7 September 2022): Usually heard May-June 2022. In-Year Appeals: Within 30 school days of receipt.

Notification of date, time and venue for appeal hearings

A letter will be sent giving details of when your appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel. You will be given 10 days’ notice unless you have agreed to a shorter notice period.

Due to the restrictions brought in because of Covid-19 we may be unable to arrange hearings in person. The government brought in regulations in April 2020 to allow appeals to be heard remotely by virtual telephone hearings. The normal timescales for hearing appeals were also suspended. These regulations have recently been extended until the 30th September 2021. If, before this date, national Covid-19 restrictions ease enough to allow face to face hearings to resume, those affected will be informed.  

Deadline for additional evidence to be submitted

All your evidence supporting your case should be sent when making the appeal. However it is possible to send extra evidence up to 7 working days before the hearing (please send this directly to the School Appeals Manager at the ESCC address above). Additional evidence received after this deadline, or brought to the appeal panel on the day will be considered only at the discretion of the independent appeal panel. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes lead to the hearing being adjourned, or even to it being postponed to another day.

Decision letters

A decision letter will normally be sent within 5 school days of the appeal hearing and will set out the reasons for the panel’s decision. 

Please note that it can take longer at busy times.