Following allocations, parents/carers may appeal if they are not allocated a place for their child at their preferred school. Requests for appeals must be made in writing and addressed to the Headteacher at Beacon Academy. Appeals must be received by the Headteacher no later than 20 school days after allocation day or, the case of ‘In Year’ applications, 20 working days after the date of the refusal letter. School Admissions at NELC arranges all appeals on behalf of the governing body. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel and the final decision of the panel is binding on all parties.