Exclusion of pupils
Your child may be excluded from school by the headteacher for a number of reasons, and for anything from a half-day to permanently.
You can request a copy of the school's behaviour policy setting out the circumstances in which a pupil may be excluded.
School governors consider exclusions, but will only meet specially:
- When the exclusion is for more than 15 days;
- If the pupil has exclusions adding up to more that 15 days in one term; or
- If the exclusion is under 15 days and the parents make representation.
The governors will decide whether to uphold the head teacher's decision. Parents, and the pupil, where appropriate, can attend and speak at the meeting, or submit written representations.
If your child is excluded
The head teacher will write to you and let you know:
- Why, and the steps taken to try to avoid exclusion;
- The type and length of the exclusion;
- Arrangements to enable your child to continue his or her education;
- Your rights to put your case to the governing body, who you should contact and the date by which a written statement must be made to the governing body;
- Your right to see your child's school record; and
- The name and telephone number of the contact at the local authority who can provide advice on the exclusion process.
If the exclusion is permanent and if the governors uphold the head teacher's decision, you have right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.
If the exclusion is for a fixed period and you think disability discrimination has occurred, you can appeal or make a claim to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal at Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9DN.