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Admissions appeals

If you have applied for, but been unsuccessful in obtaining, a place for your child at our school, you have the right to appeal. If you have not yet applied for a place, you must do this first. Please see our admissions pages for information on how to apply for a place. You can only appeal for a place in any academic year for a child once.

If you wish to appeal for a place at Caroline Chisholm School, download and complete the ‘Notice of Appeal’ (see below) form relevant to your child’s year group. Your form should be returned via the link below. Guidance notes relevant to your appeal are also available below as well as, further information on appeals.

In-Year appeals (appeals for current year groups)

To submit an In-Year appeal you must have applied for, and been refused, a place for your child in the current academic year. Your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of your Notice of Appeal Form (see below) being received. You will receive notice of the date of the appeal hearing at least 10 school days in advance. 

Co-ordinated appeals (appeals for Year 7 and Reception entry for September 2021)

You must have applied for, and been refused, a place for your child via the relevant co-ordinated scheme. Appeals lodged by the relevant deadline below will be heard on the dates quoted below. You will receive notification of the exact date and time of the appeal hearing at least 10 school days in advance. 

The deadline for lodging on-time appeals is by no later than 12 noon on 26 March 2021.

The Appeal Clerk will send notification of the hearing (Venue, Date(s) and Time(s)) and a Statement of Case to the Appellants during the week commencing 10 May 2021.

The deadline for the submission of additional evidence by no later than 12 noon on 21 May 2021.

Proposed date of Appeals - Stage 1 and Stage 2 will take place during the week commencing 7 June 2021. The specific details of the venue, date(s) and time(s) will be confirmed when the Appeal Clerk is aware of the number of appeals received for the school. 

Appeals lodged outside the relevant deadline will be heard without delay. If possible, hearings will be with the other appeals or before commencement of the academic year in September. This is however subject to when the Notice of Appeal form is received. 

Sixth Form Appeals

Please click here to view our current Sixth Form Admission Appeals Information, including the current process to lodge an appeal. Please note, there is no requirement for a prior application to Northamptonshire County Council, so you may ignore that section of the form. 

There is no need to contact our school directly to appeal, however, if you require further information, please contact our Admissions Manager.

Note from the Independent School Appeals Clerk - COVID-19 arrangements:

"Your school appeal would traditionally be heard in person and you would appear before a Panel of three individuals. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all appeals from March 2020 up to now have been heard electronically through the Zoom platform. The process through a PC, telephone or tablet has worked to a better level than I could have imagined would be possible at the outset and I have received no complaint to suggest that anyone has felt disadvantaged by being heard in this way. If there have been any issues with technology then we have found a way to overcome them. There are obvious advantages of the process being heard in this way such as you having the choice of the most comfortable environment to present your appeal case, instead of having to appear within a more formal setting and it also prevents the need for you to have to travel to a venue to be heard. In my opinion everything is in place to allow you to fully present your appeal case if we have to continue to hear appeals through Zoom in 2021, pending a return to appeals in person when we are finally able to provide a safe environment for all those who are involved. " [Robert Hartgroves - Independent School Appeal Clerk]


Notice of appeal form

Please click the link below to obtain the relevant Notice of Appeal form:


NOTE:  If appealing for a place for our Sixth Form, there is no requirement for a prior application to Northamptonshire County Council, so you may ignore that section of the form.