A Headteacher may decide to exclude a pupil:

  • in extreme circumstances
  • when all other measures have been unsuccessful

How long do exclusions last?

Exclusion is a very short term option, and will not normally exceed five school days.

In exceptional circumstances exclusion may exceed five school days if approved by the relevant Head of Service.

Notifying parents/carers about exclusion

Parents/carers of an excluded child under the age of 16 will automatically be informed of the exclusion, unless there are sound reasons not to do so.

If the pupil is over 16, then there is no legal obligation to inform and involve the pupil's parents/carers.  

This will only be done if the pupil is in agreement with this course of action. If not, then the pupil rather than a parent/carer will receive the relevant written documentation.

Read our exclusion policy