Independent School Appeals Panel Member - Voluntary Roles

Across Kirklees

Independent School Appeals Panel Member 

Please note you need to be age 18 or over to apply for this role.

Would you like to become involved in an important, impartial service provided to parents and schools? 

Do you want to use and develop your analytical and decision making skills? 

Are you open, objective and good at listening to others?

Brief summary of the role:

We are looking for individuals with a keen eye for detail and sound decision making skills to join our brilliant team of school appeal panel members. 

In the role of a voluntary panel member you will contribute to the decision making of the school appeals hearings. You will give careful consideration to each individual school appeal by asking questions and forming views and opinions based on the evidence given. 

This is a voluntary role but an allowance is paid. You do not need to have specific knowledge on how appeals work or any previous experience in education as full training and support will be provided.


  • Must be flexible and able to work different days of the week.
  • School Appeal Hearings are held online via Teams and you may be required to attend hearings at Dewsbury and Huddersfield town Hall in the summer.
  • You will be required to attend mandatory training once a year.
  • Must not be a current employee of Kirklees Council.
  • School Governors may apply
  • We are particularly looking to build up our pool of lay panel members with no background in education, but welcome applications from all.


Panel Members are eligible to receive an allowance to cover travel and subsistence expenses and for associated training (£73 for half a day, £128 for a full day).    

If you are interested please clink on the links below for full role profile and application form. Completed application forms should be send to 

If you have any questions please contact  Or if you would like to have an informal chat with a member of the Governance Team about this role please phone 01484221000 and ask for either Stacey Hofmann or Helen Kilroy from the Governance Team.

Application Close Date is 23rd October 2023

Interviews will be taking place on 9th November 2023

23 October 2023, 11:55 PM

Important Information

This vacancy is closed to applications.