Appeals: School placing request

If your placing request is refused or if you are not been advised by the Council of its decision on your request by 30 April (or within two months for requests made at other times of the year), you may lodge an appeal.

In the case of a refusal for a child or young person who has a co-ordinated support plan, or who has a co-ordinated support plan in the process of being prepared, the appeal should be made to a tribunal.

If your placing request is refused, you will be given the reasons why and you will be given the opportunity to present your case in person or through a representative - whichever you prefer.  If the appeal committee refuses your appeal, you have the right of further appeal to the Sheriff Court.  If the tribunal refuses your appeal, you have the right of an appeal on a point of law to the Court of Session.

How decisions are made

The ultimate responsibility for making a decision on placing requests lies with the Chief Education Officer. Where there are more requests than places available for a particular school, or for a particular year in a school, all requests are considered by the Chief Education Officer.

Guidelines and criteria

The Chief Education Officer works to a set of guidelines in reaching a decision on placing requests. These guidelines set out the Council's priorities for admission to school and can be obtained from the Education Service.

Why requests are sometimes not granted

There are certain grounds where the Council can refuse a placing request. These grounds are prescribed by the Education (Scotland) Act, and the relevant grounds will be outlined in the letter you receive if your placing request is refused. There are many reasons why a placing request may be refused. It could be that to grant the request the Council would have to

  • employ more teaching staff
  • that it would mean extending or altering a school
  • that it would stop the Council from keeping places available for pupils who are likely to move into the school catchment area

Requests are also sometimes refused where granting the request would interrupt the child's education, be detrimental to order and discipline within the requested school, or be detrimental to the educational well-being of pupils at the requested school.