The Langley Academy Trust: School Admission Appeals - Independent Panel Members
Do you have excellent listening skills? Do you have the ability to put people at their ease and make impartial reasoned decisions?
What does the Panel do?
The Langley Academy Independent Appeal Panel hears appeals from parents where their child has not been allocated a school place due to the school being oversubscribed. The Panel (supported by a Clerk) listens to evidence from all parties and decides whether to allow or refuse the parent’s appeal.
We have a pool of Members and use three Members to sit at each hearing. To provide a balance, the Panel must have at least one Education Member and one Lay Member. For Education Members, applications are welcomed from individuals who have experience in the education sector such as teachers (including retired teachers), school governors, and parents who have a school age child (not attending a school within the Langley Academy Trust). Applications are also welcomed from Lay Members who have no specific education experience. No formal qualifications are needed. Important qualities include being a good listener and communicator, having sensitivity to parents’ concerns and being able to take a common sense, objective approach to decision-making.
How often will I need to sit?
The Panel mostly meets daytime during May and June each year, to hear appeals for September entry, but also sits when needed at other times for ‘In Year’ appeals. Members are contacted to establish their availability for hearings well in advance and a Panel is then selected.
Training and Expenses: Members will receive the necessary training and can claim mileage expenses to a hearing venue in Slough. How to apply: Members do not have to live in Slough but within a reasonable distance. If you believe you have the qualities and skills needed, and would like to be considered for the role, then please contact the Clerk for an application form.