Volunteers needed for Independent Appeals Panel for Church of England Birmingham Schools

20th January 2021

Volunteer to be a member of an Independent Appeals Panel that hear appeals from parents or carers whose children have not obtained admission to their preferred school.


Church of England Birmingham organises independent Appeals Panels for many of our Church Schools throughout the year. They consider the cases put forward by parents and schools and decide whether or not each appeal should be upheld.

Panel members need to have an interest in education, be good listeners and have the ability to make considered and balanced decisions.

These Panels support the local community and are an essential, valued service on which many of our schools rely.

It is a voluntary, unpaid position with travel expenses reimbursed.


The panel consists of three panel members, of whom one acts as Chair, supported by a Clerk who advises on procedural and legal matters. There must be a balance of members experienced in the education field and lay members.

The Panels are set up under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and operate according to the principles of fairness and natural justice. All information shared is confidential.


All Panel members receive full training prior to sitting on a panel and then refresher training every 2-3 years.

Appeals Timings

The main appeals season is from May to July but appeals can be listed at any time through the year. Each appeal takes approximately 30 minutes and the listings range from occasionally just one appeal to full days of appeals in the Summer. Our appeals are all heard during the working day at the CofE Birmingham offices at One Colmore Row, Birmingham or via zoom.

The role is flexible; panel members can indicate their general availability and will be contacted before being allocated to an appeals session. Some sit on only one or two panels per year. 

Further Information/Register an interest

Visit our Church Schools website pages for further details. If this is a role is for you, please contact Rachel Raftery by email or 0121 426 0417 for further information and/or to register an interest.