Members wanted for panels

People are asked to come forward to join two independent panels.

Local residents and people from outside of the town are invited to sit on the Independent Appeal Panel (School Admissions) and the Independent Review Panel (School Exclusions).

Each panel is made up of three or five members who are independent of the council and meet on an ad-hoc basis.

The panels hear admission appeals against decisions not to admit children to particular schools and applications to review a decision when a child is permanently excluded from a Hartlepool school.

Hayley Martin of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Although the council administers both appeal panels, they are wholly independent. The amount of appeals that panel members attend during the year depends on their availability and personal commitments.

“For the school admissions panel we are seeking lay members who do not necessarily need to have any previous education experience. We also need people who have experience in education or are familiar with education in Hartlepool. The latter could for example be the parent of a child attending a Hartlepool school.

Anyone interested or requiring further information should contact Ms Martin on (01429) 523182 or email