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School Admissions and Exclusion Panel

School Admissions and Exclusion Panel Members

When a child is not offered a place at a school requested or has been excluded from a school they can appeal to an Independent panel. The panel’s role is to consider each individual case and decide whether to refuse or allow the parents appeal.

Becoming a Panel Member can be a rewarding experience for those wishing to contribute toward the community.

The Role of a School Admission Panel Member

  • To consider whether the schools published admission arrangements and/or oversubscription criteria were correctly applied in each case.
  • To consider whether admitting more pupils to a year group would cause prejudice to the school in question.
  • To decide whether the reasons given by a parent/carer explaining why their child should attend a particular school would place an unnecessary burden on the school.

The role of an Exclusion Panel Member

  • To consider the basis of the Head Teachers reasons for permanently excluding a pupil and the procedures followed.
  • To consider whether permanent exclusion was a reasonable response and balance the interests of the excluded pupil against the interests of all the other members of the school community.


All new panel members require training before they can sit on appeal panels. Training will be arranged by the Governance Team.

How to apply

The role is voluntary, however travel expenses and lunch are provided.

If you are interested in becoming a school admission panel member or would like more information then please contact the governance service via appealsadmin@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 4369.

Please note people employed by Barnet Council are not eligible to serve as panel members.

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