West Lothian Placing in Schools Appeal Committee
The West Lothian (Placing in Schools) Appeal Committee is set up and maintained by the council as required by the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. The committee considers appeals against the refusal of school placing requests or against exclusion from schools. It is clerked and administered by the council's Legal Services.
In West Lothian, the current practice is for the Placing in Schools Appeal Committee to be made up of 3 members. These are -
- one elected member of the council (a councillor);
- one person considered to have expertise in education who is acquainted with education in West Lothian (usually a retired head or depute head teacher); and
- one parent of a child in education at a West Lothian school
Meetings are held as and when the council receives an appeal request. However, in May and June each year, the number of appeals substantially increases as this is the time of year when multiple appeals are considered for those schools who received a greater number of applications than there are places available.
The council's Chief Solicitor is responsible for appointing members to the committee. Committee members are appointed to serve the same term of office as councillors (or earlier if they chose to resign or they are no longer eligible to be involved).
If you are interested in getting involved in the work of the committee, please get in touch. A leaflet giving further information about the committee can also be found on the page.
Applications will be assessed by the Chief Solicitor and successful applicants will be invited to attend a short information session. Successful candidates will be appointed to serve until May 2027, the date of the next local government elections (or earlier if they chose to resign or they are no longer eligible to be involved).
If you have any questions about the committee or recruitment process, please e-mail email@example.com or telephone 01506 281609