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Chances low for parents who appeal.

RUTH MOSALSKI Local government reporter ruth.mosalski@walesonline.co.uk PARENTS who appeal against schools admissions decisions only have a tiny chance of succeeding.

The Echo has obtained figures showing just one in 15 appeals made against primary school admission decisions in Cardiff last year were successful. In some years, it is even lower. In 2014, just 1.5% of primary school admission appeals were successful.

This is despite more than 100 such appeals being made every year.

Secondary school appeals are slightly more successful but have not been higher than a 23% success rate in the past five years.

Cardiff council's leader of the opposition Judith Woodman said the figures showed how dissatisfied parents are.

She said: "Clearly these figures show a lot of parents have been very unhappy, hence their appeals.

"The low success rates are to be questioned , and I know this year there has been a huge increase in very unhappy parents unable to get their children into a school of their choice, even a local school.

"Matters need to be reviewed urgently, otherwise year on year appeals will increase and success rates will plummet even further. The problems this year are unprecedented". In 2015, the city council received 4,013 applications for primary places with 154 resulting appeals, only 11 of which were successful.

For secondary schools, there were 2,139 applications in 2015 with 83 appeals and 11 successful appeals.

Paul Chaundry is the Cardiff Liberal Democrat education spokesman. He said: "These figures show very low successful appeals rates.

"This is cause of concern, and for 2015 the overall percentage of successful appeals is worryingly low. I expect given the problems faced this year in being able to get a child into a local school will mean even worse successful rates to follow".

Cabinet Member for Education Sarah Merry said: "Parents are strongly encouraged to state three preferences when applying.

"Online applications for Year 7 places from September 2017 will open on September 26, 2016, closing on November 28, 2016. Online applications for reception places from September 2017 open on 7 November 2016, closing on January 9, 2017."

Percentage of successful primary appeals September 2015 154 appeals 7.14% successful September 2014 133 appeals 1.5% successful September 2013 143 appeals 14.69% successful September 2012 109 appeals 11.94% successful September 2011 146 appeals 7.5% successful Percentage of successful secondary appeals September 2015 83 appeals 13.25% successful September 2014 58 appeals 6.89% successful September 2013 49 appeals 20% successful September 2012 47 appeals 12.76% successful September 2011 60 appeals 23.33% successful Appeals against school admission decisions have only a small chance of succeeding

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Date:Aug 11, 2016
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