Year 7 Appeals 2024

(as part of the main admissions process)

If your child has not been successful in gaining a place at Sir Thomas Rich’s School for entry in Year 7 in September 2024, you do have a statutory right to appeal before an Independent Admissions Appeal panel.

If you believe extenuating circumstances may have affected your child’s performance on the day of the test, this may be grounds for your appeal. Reasons might be medical, or a recent family bereavement, for example. However, having a sibling at the school, transport issues, or extra-curricular achievements are not usually considered sufficient grounds for appeal.

Parents wishing to appeal must returning a completed Appeals Form (Word DOCX or PDF) by 3pm on Wednesday 24th April 2024.

Further, supporting information, must be received by the school by 3pm on Friday 10 May 2024. Examples of supporting evidence may include Mock SATs, CATs or school reports as evidence of ability, together with evidence of the extenuating circumstances.

We are happy to accept appeal paperwork via email or post. Please note that we will only photocopy in black and white. If there are any documents which you would like the Appeals Panel to receive in colour, please provide 5 hard copies by post. All hard copy paperwork submitted must be single sided with no staples.

If your child has not sat the Grammar School Admission Test, you will also need to register for an Appeals Test at the same time as registering an appeal – this should be indicated on the Appeals Form by stating NOT SAT. The School will make arrangements for an Appeals Test in early May.

Appeal Hearings will begin on 6 June 2024, with exact dates to be confirmed nearer the time.

If you have any questions about this process, please email Mrs Alison Ewart (Registrar) on [email protected]. Please note that this is a very busy time and she will respond as quickly as she is able. If you have difficulty in understanding the procedure because English is not your first language, please contact the school for assistance. An interpreter can be provided on request, if needed.

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