As the new school year starts, this is a short summary of what we do and who we are:

We arrange and manage admission appeals for admission authorities. During the recent summer term we dealt with over 300 appeals for diocesan schools. CSAS have seven trained clerks and a pool of around 50 panel members and are independent of the Diocesan Education Service.

What we do

  • We ensure that all parents receive a fair and equal admission appeal hearing for their child/children at the school of their preference.
  • We ensure that all regulations and codes are adhered to before, during and after the hearing.
  • We ensure that all panel members and clerks receive appropriate training to enable them to carry out their role professionally, efficiently, and within the law.
  • We offer independent and impartial advice to headteachers and governing bodies on the admission appeals process and also to parents who have lodged admission appeals.
  • We collate and dispatch appeal hearing agendas and papers to panel members, clerks, schools and parents within set time periods, as detailed in the School Admission Appeals Code.
  • We organise and arrange the appeal hearing in an appropriate venue
    We inform parents and schools of appeals decisions promptly and efficiently

Who we are

Appeals Officer:             Anna Zimand

Appeals Administrator:    Julie Sweeney   Phone: 01332 293 833

Clerks:  Roger Hancock, Margaret Shanahan, Derek Ogden, Anna Zimand, Brenda Whittaker, Christopher Cox.


Catholic Schools:     Costs vary according to local authority arrangements. In some areas, all costs are paid centrally. In others funds for admissions and appeals are delegated to the school

Other Schools:   We charge a set fee depending on the number of appeals. Details on request

For all appeals, your first point of contact is Julie Sweeney at The Diocesan Centre.


The following documents show the timescales in which admission appeals should be lodged and heard; (Section 2 of the School Admission Appeals code).

Explaining Admission Appeals Key Stage 3 (Secondary)

Nottingham Diocese Education Service arranges appeals on behalf of school governing bodies. This information sheet explains what you need to do after you have informed the school that you wish to appeal. Then there is an explanation of the appeals process which will help you to understand what is involved.

Read more: Admissions Appeals - Information for Parents of Secondary School Children

The Education Service manages admission appeals for a large number of Catholic schools across the diocese. We need to be able to call on lay people and people who have experience in education for appeal hearings.

Read more: Admissions Appeals - Do you want to be a panel member?