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Schools - admissions appeals

 

Schools - Exclusion Appeals

In West Lothian, all exclusion from school appeals are heard by the West Lothian Council (Placing in Schools) Appeal Committee.  The committee is independent of Education Services.

Pupils who are excluded from school will be issued with a letter from the Head Teacher.  The letter will say that parents can appeal to the West Lothian Council (Placing in Schools) Appeal Committee against the exclusion.  It will say who a letter of appeal should be sent to.

The Committee hears cases and considers written evidence and makes decision.  This is a formal legal process.  If parents want to appeal, they can do so in writing by themselves or with the help of a friend or representative.  If parents cannot attend the committee hearing, they can have someone else speak on their behalf.  There will also be representatives of Education at the appeal hearing to put the council's case forward.  The Committee takes the decision independently.  If the Committee agrees with the decision of education, parents then have a right to appeal to the Sheriff.

A leaflet providing information on what will happen after you submit an exclusion appeal can be found under Online Tools on the right.


Schools - Admission Appeals

In West Lothian, all appeals against the refusal of places at schools are heard by the West Lothian Council (Placing in Schools) Appeal Committee.  The committee is independent of Education Services.

Parents/guardians will be sent a letter if the Depute Chief Executive has refused their application.  The letter will say that parents can appeal to the West Lothian Council (Placing in Schools) Appeal Committee against the decision to refuse the application.  It will say who a letter of appeal should be sent to.

The Committee hears cases and considers written evidence and makes decision.  This is a formal legal process.  If parents want to appeal, they can do so in writing by themselves or with the help of a friend or representative.  If parents cannot attend the committee hearing, they can have someone else speak on their behalf.  There will also be representatives of Education at the appeal hearing to put the council's case forward.  The Committee takes the decision independently.  If the Committee agrees with the decision of education, parents then have a right to appeal to the Sheriff.

A leaflet providing further information on what will happen after you submit a placing in school appeal can be found under Online Tools on the right.

Updated: 28/10/2013