Members for Education Appeals Panel
In accordance with the provisions of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Section 94 and the Education (Pupil Exclusions and Appeals) (Maintained Schools) (Wales) Regulations, the Local Authority, the Governing Body of the Maelor School, Penley and the Governing Bodies of all the Roman Catholic and Church in Wales voluntary aided schools within the Dioceses of Wrexham and St Asaph, invite eligible candidates to apply to become members of their Independent Appeal Panels for Schools.
The task of a Panel is to hear and decide parents’ appeals either against the exclusion of a pupil, or refusal of admission of their child to their preferred school. By law the Panel must include lay members and members with education experience.
A Lay Member must be a person without personal experience of the management of any school or the provision of education in any school, otherwise than as a governor or in any other voluntary capacity.
Members with Education Experience
Admission Appeal Panels must also include members who have experience in education, or are acquainted with the educational conditions in the area of the school, or who are parents of registered pupils at a school.
Members must not have, nor at any time have had, any connection with the Local Education Authority or, in the case of a voluntary aided school, any connection with that governing body, which might raise doubts about the member’s ability to act impartially. Employees of Wrexham County Borough Council or, where relevant, members of a Governing Body of a relevant diocesan voluntary aided school, other than a person employed as a teacher, shall not be eligible to be a Panel Member.
Becoming a member is voluntary and you would not be expected to attend at times or venues inconvenient to yourself. Each Panel lasts for approximately a half day but the number of appeals are few. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and appropriate training will be given.