26 September 2018

The closing date for new volunteers to serve as independent panel members for Northamptonshire County Council's school admission appeals is fast approaching.

Families who have been refused a place at one or more of their preferred schools are entitled to appeal against the decision and the appeal is heard by an independent panel.

The panel is made up of three people and is operated under tribunal rules, meaning its decision about a child’s school place is legally binding.

Panel members will receive full training, including the opportunity to observe appeal hearings before serving on a panel themselves.

Volunteers do not need educational experience, though people who have worked in schools or other education settings would be welcome. Panel members must be available to attend appeals between 9am and 5pm during the school term.

For more information or an application pack, contact county council appeals manager Elnora Latchman on 01604 367490 or email elatchman@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.