b'Looked after children and those previously looked after, and those allocated a place at the school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.The waiting list will be maintained for at least until 31 December at the end of the first term of the academic year.Admission AppealsAny applicant refused a place at a school of their choice has a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel, established by the admission authority for that school, for a place at their preferred school.An appeal form should be automatically sent out by the Local Authority if a preferred place is refused.However a request for an appeal application form can be made by contacting the Clerk to the School Admission Appeals Panel at the Local Authority.An appeal date will be arranged within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals and a request will be sent to the applicant to attend an appeal hearing.An Appeals Panel, comprising three independent members, will consider reasons for the appeal and will decide whether the child can attend the school of choice.The panel members have a background in education and are independent of the Local Authority and the governing body.The hearing will also be attended by representatives from Democratic Services and the school.A full explanation of the appeal process will be included in the appeal notification letter sent to you.In-year AdmissionsIf a child is already at secondary school and the parent wishes to transfer to Canon Slade School they should first contact the Local Authority and follow their advice. Note regarding requests for admission outside a childs normal age group.Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Parents requesting admission out of the normal age group must put their request in writing, addressed to the Headteacher at the school, together with any supporting evidence that the parent wishes to be taken into account. The governing body will make decisions on requests for admission outside the normal age group on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parents views; any information provided about the childs academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. The governing body will also take into account the views of the Headteacher. When informing a parent of their decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the governing body will set out clearly the reasons for their decision.Where the governing body agrees to a parents request for their child to be admitted out of their normal age group and, as a consequence of that decision, the child will be admitted to a relevant age'