The decision to exclude a child from a school is a serious matter and it is a formal process, governed by legal processes, duties and requirements placed on the school, school governors and at certain points, on the Local Authority.

There are only two types of exclusion 

Fixed Term Exclusion: This is an exclusion for a fixed number of days during which a child must remain at home and not return to school. 

Permanent Exclusion: This is where it is the Head Teacher's intention that the pupil should not return to the school. 

Note that in all cases of exclusion, the school must notify parents immediately by telephone or visit and must also issue notice of exclusion by letter within one school day of the exclusion being issued.

Guidance relating to Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Schools have duties under the Equality Act not to treat disabled pupils less favourably than their non-disabled peers without justification and having taken reasonable steps to ensure that disabled pupils are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. The Act covers all school activities whether in school or not, whether during the school day or not.

Note: If the activity is one arranged by the school, the act applies

For further information about exclusions and who to contact if your child is excluded from school, click the links below.