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Exclusions of pupils

Permanent exclusion is a very serious matter. Only a school's headteacher can permanently exclude a pupil or a named deputy if the headteacher is out of school.

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Not normally, unless the headteacher feels they must take action immediately to protect the pupils and staff in the school. Permanent exclusion is used as a last resort.

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The school can ask us to review the statement if your child is at risk of permanent exclusion. You would be invited to the review meeting where other ways of dealing with your child's behaviour can be discussed to try to avoid permanent exclusion.

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The school may present evidence about your child's educational ability, behaviour and social background as well as the facts surrounding the incident which led to the permanent exclusion. We will provide our view and say whether it feels that permanent exclusion is appropriate or not. You will receive copies of this information in advance of the hearing.

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The headteacher or their representative will make contact with you by telephone if possible and will write to you on the same day setting out the circumstances and reasons for exclusion.  The exclusion would normally begin on the next school day.

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You can put your views in writing and in person to school governors at a meeting of their discipline committee. The clerk to the discipline committee will write to give you the date and time of the meeting.

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It is made up of three to five of the school's governors. They follow guidance from the government and us to decide whether exclusion is being carried out correctly in the school.

The governors will consider the views of the school, you your child and us. The governors can decide to uphold your child's permanent exclusion or allow your child to return to school.

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You can appeal to an independent appeal panel. You have up to 15 days to lodge an appeal after you have received confirmation from the discipline committee that your child has been permanently excluded. The Exclusions Officer will send you an appeal form. As the office is now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, all new appeals must be emailed to Democratic Services at committee@wiltshire.gov.uk. If you are unable to scan your application, please take a photograph of each page and attach the images to your email.

There may be unavoidable delays to progressing and hearing appeals this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. We appreciate your patience as we respond to queries.

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  • By telephone: 01225 718230 (Single Point of Contact - Early Help)
  • By post:

Early Help Service,
Wiltshire Council
County Hall,
Bythesea Road,
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

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Last updated: 30 March 2020 | Last reviewed: 30 March 2020