If you have been unsuccessful in your application to Bluecoat Bentinck Primary Academy, please refer to the appropriate section below. Information on appealing will differ depending on whether you are appealing for a Reception admission next September or an in-year admission (during the current academic year). Please ensure you read the section relevant for your individual circumstances.

Documents and Forms

How to submit an in-year appeal?

If you have been unsuccessful in your application to Bluecoat Bentinck Primary Academy for a place in in-year (Reception – Year 6), and wish to appeal this decision – appeals must be submitted in writing F.A.O Independent Appeals Panel Clerk, and be sent directly to the academy. Where possible appeals should be submitted within 20 school days from the date of notification of the outcome of your application.

An appeal can be in the form of an email or letter attached to a ‘Bluecoat Bentinck Primary In-Year Appeal Form’ which can be downloaded above. Details in the appeal must include; child’s name, date of birth, sex, full address as well as parent/carers name, relationship to child, contact number and email address. Alternatively, a paper copy of the appeal form can be collected from the academy or posted on request by contacting us on  or 0115 915 1566.

Please see below details for submitting your appeal, to be read alongside the privacy notice in relation to the submission of an appeal.


Post: FAO Independent Appeals Panel Clerk,c/o Archway Learning Trust, Aspley Lane, Nottingham, NG8 5GY

Timetable for In-Year Appeals 2023-2024

If you have been unsuccessful in your application to Bluecoat Bentinck Primary Academy for a place in-year the following timetable will apply for any appeals.

Appeal Deadline – 20 school days from the date of the decision letter.

Appeal Hearing – Appeals will then be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Notification of Appeal Hearing – In most cases you will receive at least 10 school days notice of the date and time of your appeal hearing.

Submission of Additional Documentation – If you have additional information you wish to be considered after you have submitted your appeal, this must be sent FAO the clerk to independent appeal panel at least 5 school days before the date of the appeal hearing. The address for the Clerk is set out on the appeal form and above. If you do not submit it by this deadline, the panel does not have to consider it as per paragraph 2.7 of the School Admission Appeal Code 2022.

Notification of Outcome – The decision of the panel will be communicated within 5 school days of the hearing. In the case of multiple appeals this will be within 5 school days of the last hearing.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page which contains useful information on the appeals process and the Trust’s statement in relation to GDPR and the processing of appeal information.

Contact Us

Bluecoat Bentinck Primary Academy
Alfreton Road

Tel: 0115 915 1566

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