School Appeals & Hearings Made Easy

A leading provider for managing admissions appeals, exclusion reviews and administrative services for schools and academies throughout England.

Our Story

Clerks Associates emerged from identifying a gap in the market for a professional, independent one-stop-shop support for schools and academies to manage school appeals in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We were there at the start of the academisation programme and understand what needs to be done to deliver a professional independent service.

We set up a central office in London, created our brand and rolled our services out across the country making us the largest independent provider of school appeals management in England.

We bring together knowledge and experience from our background in local authorities legal and democratic services coupled with experience in HM Courts & Tribunal Service, supporting independent judiciary in the administration of justice.


Supporting over 1,700 schools and academy trusts in all regions



Up-to-date on legal requirements and challenges for schools and other educational settings


Fully trained Clerks and Independent Panel Members

What We Do

School Admission Appeals

Full management of your school appeals with a team of fully trained panel members and clerks.

Exclusion Review Hearings

Administrative arrangements for your governing body hearing and/or Independent Review Panels.

School Governor Services

Dedicated clerking support arranged for school governors, enabling efficient processes.


"As one of the most popular schools in London, we receive a large number of appeals each year. Our preferred independent provider in organising the appeals hearings have been Clerks’ Associate UK for many years now. We have always found them reliable, responsive, and professional. I would like to highlight the efficiency they operated with during the Covid 19 pandemic. Holding the appeal hearings online was a new territory for all parties involved, but they have delivered the entire process without a glitch. We are looking forward to continuing working with the Team in the future."

— Oritseetemi Maria Otubu, Admissions Officer – Kingsdale Foundation School

"I would like to offer my personal thanks for your work over the last 6 weeks or so. All of my colleague Presenting Officers have been really impressed and pleased with the way you as Clerks work and also the robust nature of your panellists decision making. We have felt confident that schools’ cases have been properly heard and balanced against appellants’ cases fairly and consistently. It has been a pleasure working with you and your team albeit in strange circumstances."

— Sian Robinson – School Admissions Co-ordinator, Dorset Council

"We have appointed Clerk Associates for over a decade to handle our Year 7 and in-year appeals. The appeals are efficiently and effectively managed. The independent appeals panel members are professional, proficient and in touch with the current education sector, providing a first-class service. They take the stress out of my life!"

— Mrs. Karadag – Admissions Officer, Montpelier High School, Bristol

“We have been using Clerk Associates for five years now and started our search for a professional clerking service in support of an independent Admissions Panel. We have been delighted with the service from Clerk Associates. They have been professional, well-informed and every bit as focused on the Admissions and Appeals Codes as we need them to be. We are an oversubscribed School and it certainly helps when an upheld appeal makes sense and has been professionally clerked.”

— A Secondary School Headteacher



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