Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Upheld School admissions 18-Feb-2021
Summary: Mrs B complains that the independent school admissions appeal panel did not properly consider her appeal for a place for her son, C, at the school his brother attends. The Council has now offered a Mrs B a fresh appeal with a new panel. The Ombudsman proposes to discontinue our investigation because we do not consider that investigating further would lead to a better outcome.
Statement Upheld School admissions 10-Feb-2021
Summary: The Ombudsman found fault by the school in the way it dealt with Mrs M's request for an in-year place for her daughter. It failed to explain the process, offer her an application form, explain her appeal rights, and delayed forwarding her appeal form. The evidence failed to show the appeal panel properly considered the appeal or followed the correct procedure. The agreed action remedies the injustice these failures caused.
Statement Not upheld School admissions 05-Feb-2021
Summary: there was no fault in the way an Independent Appeal Panel made its decision not to admit Ms M's daughter to a secondary school. The Ombudsman cannot question decisions made without fault.
Statement Not upheld School admissions 21-Jan-2021
Summary: Miss X complained about how the School considered her child's admissions application and appeal and managed its waiting list. The School and admissions appeal panel were not at fault.
Statement Upheld School admissions 14-Jan-2021
Summary: Mrs X complains that a school admissions appeal hearing for her daughter was not properly conducted. There is insufficient evidence to show Mrs X's arguments were balanced against prejudice to the school if her daughter were admitted. This is fault by the Council which caused injustice to Mrs X and her daughter. The Council has agreed to hold a further appeal hearing to remedy this.
Statement Upheld School admissions 13-Jan-2021
Summary: The Ombudsman has found procedural fault in the way the school admissions panel considered Mrs B's admissions appeal. This caused Mrs B an injustice and so we have recommended the Council hold a new appeal.
Statement Not upheld School admissions 05-Jan-2021
Summary: Mr B complained that the Council had failed to explain why his address did not fall within the geographical priority area of their preferred secondary school for their daughter. We find that the parents should have raised this matter at the appeal. We do not find any fault in the appeal process and the Council has clarified the information available for checking the geographical priority area.
Statement Upheld School admissions 16-Dec-2020
Summary: There was fault in the way an appeal panel considered an application for a school place in that it incorrectly applied law relating to infant class sizes to an application for a place in year 5. This casts doubt on the decision the panel reached. Mr X has now been offered a fresh appeal to remedy the injustice caused. Recommendations for an apology and service improvements are also made.
Statement Not upheld School admissions 04-Dec-2020
Summary: Mrs M complains about an Independent Appeal Panel's decision not to admit her son to a primary school. There is no fault in the Panel's decision. The Ombudsman cannot question decisions taken without fault.
Statement Not upheld School admissions 23-Nov-2020
Summary: Mrs M complains about an Independent Appeal Panel's decision not to admit her daughter to a primary school. There is no fault in the Panel's decision. The Ombudsman cannot question decisions taken without fault.