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School Exclusion Appeals

A headmaster has in Law the power to exclude a child for breaches of school discipline. He may impose a fixed term or permanent exclusion.

Appeals against such a decision are first held before the school governing body who may review the head teachers decision deciding either to uphold or set aside the exclusion. The governing body therefore undertake a reviewing exercise and any appeal against a decision of the governing body is to the local authority arranged Independent Appeal Panel.


In presenting your case to the independent appeal panel chances of success are usually enhanced by skilled representation.

The law in relation to school exclusion appeals can be a bit of a minefield as the Law incorporates an obligation to consider statutory guidance.

Sinclairslaw regularly represent parents and children throughout England and Wales in school exclusion appeals. Parents can therefore be assured that their case will be handled by experts.