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We are currently looking to appoint members to hear appeals for school admissions appeals and independent reviews of pupil exclusions. There are no specific qualifications or experience that you need to become a Panel Member and we welcome people with all types of knowledge, background and experience.  Full training will be given to Appeal Panel members.

Panel Members are expected to be independent and play an active part in questioning all parties at the hearing, showing favour to neither party, avoiding expressing personal opinions during the course of a hearing or making the case for either party and being conscious at all times of acting, and being seen to act, independently of the school. Panel Members need the ability to carefully consider the cases of all parties and then make a balanced and reasoned decision based on what they have read and heard. Everyone involved in an appeal hearing needs to be familiar with the Schools Admission Code, the Schools Admission Appeals Code, the guidance on exclusions and any background legislation. Panel Members are also required to attend training and briefing sessions. The role is voluntary although expenses are paid for attending panel hearings and briefing/training sessions.

If you are interested in becoming an independent school admission appeal panel member/IRP member you can obtain further details and an application form by contacting Penny Levack on 07894 964625 or email

Penny Levack

Penny Levack

Penny has more than ten years’ experience in the classroom, in assessment design, and in leadership roles in both schools and universities. Her most recent role before joining Juniper Education was in governance, compliance, and communications in a multi-academy trust in South London. Penny is a governor herself and is passionate about school governance and the impact that it can have on school improvement. She has a degree in Education Studies from the University of Cambridge.