Fixed-term and permanent exclusions
The Headteacher has the power to exclude a child from school. The Headteacher may exclude a child for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. The Headteacher may also exclude a child permanently. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.
If the Headteacher excludes a child, parents are informed immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. The Headteacher makes it clear to the parents in a letter that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the Governing Body immediately by writing to the Chair of Governors. In the letter the school informs the parents how to make any such appeal. The school also informs the parents that if they consider the exclusion has occurred as a result of discrimination then they may make a claim to the First- tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in the case of disability discrimination, or the County Court, in the case of other forms of discrimination. Such a claim must be lodged within 6 months of the date the child was excluded. The Headteacher informs the LA and consults with the named Governor for exclusions about any permanent exclusion, and about any fixed-term exclusions beyond five days in any one term.
The Governing Body itself cannot either exclude a child or extend the exclusion period made by the Headteacher. If a parent appeals against the exclusion the appeals panel meet to consider the circumstances in which the child was excluded and consider any representation by parents. Whilst the governing body has no power to direct reinstatement, they must consider any representations parents make and may place a copy of their findings on the child’s school record.
The Headteacher monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis. They also report to the Governing Body on the effectiveness of the policy and, if necessary, makes recommendations for further improvements. The Headteacher keeps a record of any child who is excluded for a fixed-term, or who is permanently excluded. It is the responsibility of the Governing Body to monitor the rate of exclusions, and to ensure that the policy is administered fairly and consistently.
The Senior Leadership Team reviews and approves this policy annually in the Autumn term. They may, however, review the policy earlier than this, if the government introduces new regulations, or if they receive recommendations on how the policy might be improved.
Chair of Governors: