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Opportunity to support independent school admission appeals

By Mercury reporter

Legal Services Lincolnshire is looking to recruit new volunteers to sit on their board of independent panel members who hear and deliberate county-wide school admission appeals.

When a child is refused a place at a school or academy of their choice, they are entitled to appeal the decision.

Panel members hear the submissions of both the school and the parents, consider these and make a decision as to whether the refusal should be upheld or overruled.

Current panel member, Sarah Mowbray, said: "It's fulfilling to give something back to the local community and joining the panel has been hugely rewarding.

"I've been able to get my grey matter working again with the challenge this role brings and you also know you're doing something meaningful. Don't think you're on your own – there's an experienced and supportive team around you."

Sally Pursey, fellow panel member, added: "As a parent who had been through the appeals process and as a former teacher, I felt I could offer a viewpoint from opposing sides which is why I joined the panel.

"I have to say, the whole process has been fascinating, particularly in relation to the law and the different reasons people use to argue their cases.

"It's been interesting meeting and working with different panel colleagues and I feel that our varied backgrounds and experiences have made for a well-rounded viewpoint when it comes to deciding whether to uphold an appeal or not."

This is a volunteer position, however all travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you would like to get involved or would like an informal chat regarding this opportunity please contact Jessica Hart or Ellen Healy at LegalAppeals@lincolnshire.gov.uk

A training day will be held in February for new volunteers.

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