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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
  • Learners in school are safe and happy
  • Learners do not become NEET (not in education, employment or training)

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

A decision to exclude a learner will be taken only:

  • In response to a serious breach, or persistent breaches, of the school’s behaviour policy; and
  • If allowing the learner to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the learner 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 learner’s individual circumstances and special educational needs (SEN)

Following a Fixed Term Exclusion, an emergency Annual Review should be called if the learner 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.