schoolEvery year, hundreds of families in Wolverhampton don’t get their first choice of school for a son or daughter. Many of those families appeal against that decision. Appeals take place throughout the year but with the majority taking place between May and September.

Wolverhampton Council is responsible for managing the appeals process but not for making the decisions, a responsibility that lies with volunteers who offer their time to sit on appeal panels. The Council is seeking to appoint new volunteers to its pool of panel members.

The time commitment is flexible and can be tailored to suit the panel member. Hearings are normally during the working day but panel members are notified of dates and then choose whether to make themselves available or not. Sometimes a panel will convene to hear just one appeal (one to two hours); at other times it will be a half or full day to hear a series of appeals.

Full training and support is provided. Travel expenses are paid and refreshments provided, including lunch where appropriate.

For more information or an informal discussion about the role, or to express your interest, please contact Liz Kiely (liz.kiely@wolverhampton.gov.uk or 01902 555045) or Martin Fox (martin.fox@wolverhampton.gov.uk or 01902 555047).

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