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Exclusions

Our school aims to ensure that:

  • The exclusions process is applied fairly and consistently
  • The exclusions process is understood by governors, staff, parents and pupils
  • Pupils in school are safe and happy
  • Pupils do not become NEET (not in education, employment or training)

Only the headteacher, or acting headteacher, can exclude a pupil from school. A permanent exclusion will be taken as a last resort.

A decision to exclude a pupil will be taken only:

  • In response to a serious breach, or persistent breaches, of the school’s behaviour policy; and
  • If allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others

Before deciding whether to exclude a pupil, either permanently or for a fixed period, the headteacher will:

  • Consider all the relevant facts and evidence, including whether the incident(s) leading to the exclusion were avoidable
  • Ensure that advice and information from other professionals (e.g. EPS, EISS, CAMHS) has been followed and, if appropriate, given time to have impact
  • Consider the pupil’s individual circumstances and special educational needs (SEN)

Following a Fixed Term Exclusion, an emergency Annual Review should be called if the pupil is at risk of Permanent Exclusion.

The attached policy is based on statutory guidance from the Department for Education and outlines schools approach to exclusions and the exclusions process.

To read our exclusion policy, click on the PDF below.