Fixed term and Permanent exclusions
Extreme behaviour or persistent disruptive and challenging behaviour may lead to a pupil exclusion. Only the Head teacher (or the acting Head teacher) has the power to exclude a child from school. The Head teacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. The Head teacher may also exclude a pupil permanently. It is also possible for the Head teacher to convert fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.
If the Head teacher excludes a child, s/he informs the parents as soon as possible, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Head teacher makes it clear to the parents that they can appeal against the decision to the Governing Body and how to do so through the letter of exclusion.
The Head teacher informs the CEO and the Governing Body about any permanent exclusion or fixed-term exclusions. The Governing Body itself cannot either exclude a child or extend the exclusion period made by the Head teacher. However, the Governing Body has a discipline committee whose role is set out in strict guidelines whenever a child is excluded from school.