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If your child is not allocated a place at Bishop Stopford School, you have the right to appeal this decision.  Information regarding the appeals process will be published in February 2022.

To appeal, you must put your request in writing to:

Clerk of the Appeals Panel

Diocesan Board of Education,

Bouverie Court,

6 The Lakes,

Bedford Road,



or e-mail

Appeals Explained

"Your school appeal would traditionally be heard in person and you would appear before a Panel of three individuals.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all appeals from March 2020 up to now have been heard electronically through the Zoom platform. The process through a PC, telephone or tablet has worked to a better level than I could have imagined would be possible at the outset and I have received no complaint to suggest that anyone has felt disadvantaged by being heard in this way. If there have been any issues with technology then we have found a way to overcome them.

There are obvious advantages of the process being heard in this way such as you having the choice of the most comfortable environment to present your appeal case, instead of having to appear within a more formal setting, and it also prevents the need for you to have to travel to a venue to be heard.

In my opinion everything is in place to allow you to fully present your appeal case if we have to continue to hear appeals through Zoom in 2021, pending a return to appeals in person when we are finally able to provide a safe environment for all those who are involved."

[Robert Hartgroves - Independent School Appeal Clerk]