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Key terms

A list of key terms used in school appeals can be found below.

  • Academies and free schools: The Academy Trust is responsible for admissions not the Local Authority (LA)
  • ACE: Advisory Centre for Education
  • Aided school: Catholic or Church of England schools where the admissions authority is the governing body, not the LA
  • Block appeals: 
    Groups of appeals for a particular school heard at the same time, between May and July - used for admissions into reception class and year seven of secondary schools for the following September
  • Casual appeal: 
    Admissions to all classes throughout the year, except for into reception class, year three junior schools and year seven  secondary schools for the following September
  • Clerk: Impartial Officer from Legal and Democratic Services
  • Foundation schools: Former grant maintained schools where the admissions authority is the governing body, not the LA
  • Infant class size rule: Legal requirement to keep class numbers at no more than 30
  • Presenting Officer: Senior Officer of the Council who presents the LA's case on behalf of the school

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