Luton's school admissions appeals panel needs new volunteers

Luton Council is looking for new panel volunteers for school admissions appeals.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 2:20 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 2:20 pm

It is not always possible to offer parents a school place of their choice but if a place is refused, parents can put their case to a school admission panel to appeal against the decision.

If you’re aged 18 or older, have good listening skills and are interested in education and want to support local communities, this role could be perfect.

A school admission appeals panel is independent from the council and is made up of three people, appeals usually take place at The Leagrave Centre, Strangers Way, Luton and full training will be given in February to those who want to volunteer on the panel.

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The role is unpaid but out of pocket expenses such as travel and childcare costs will be reimbursed and refreshments, including lunch, will be provided for panel members throughout the day.

Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Portfolio Holder for children and young people, said: “School admission appeal panels play a crucial role in ensuring that parents are given the opportunity to present their reasons why their child should go to a school for which they have been refused a place.

“By volunteering to become a panel member you could develop new skills, and undertake an enjoyable challenging role that positively contributes to local communities.

"If you are interested in becoming a panel member, please don’t delay apply today.”

To apply to become a panel volunteer or for more information visit www.luton.gov.uk/appealvolunteers, or call 01582 546653.