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School exclusion

This page provides an introduction to school exclusion

Exclusion from school means that a pupil is not allowed in school for disciplinary reasons.

There are two types of exclusion

  • Fixed period exclusion – this means that a pupil is not allowed in school for a specified number of days because they have breached the school's behaviour policy.
  • Permanent exclusion – this means that the Head has decided that a pupil should not continue at the school because of a serious breach of the school's behaviour policy and allowing the pupil to remain in school would harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.

New guidance from September 2012

The law and Government guidance on exclusions changes on 1st September 2012. You should follow the appropriate links depending on when your child was excluded.

For exclusions on or after 1st September 2012

For exclusions before 1st September 2012

Follow this link if you are challenging an exclusion from the 2011-2012 school year.

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