Education – Admissions and Exclusions - Palmers Solicitors
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Education – Admissions and Exclusions

As a parent or guardian, it can be daunting to have to deal with a dispute with your child’s school or local education authority.  The process can be confusing and often it is not clear what your grounds for appeal are if a decision does not go your way.

With expert helps from Palmers education law team, we can provide you with a clear approach – we will explain your options and work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for both you and your child.

Admission appeals

Schools and local authorities must publish the criteria for offering school places. If you feel they have not followed the rules or if you believe that your child should have been offered a place for another valid reason, you may have grounds for appeal. We can advise you on your options and, if the school or local authority has acted in breach of its stated guidelines, we can appeal on your behalf.

Our expert education solicitors are able to:

  • Draft Grounds of Appeal documents
  • Review your documents and help you to gather additional evidence to support your appeal
  • Provide you with formal legal representation during the appeal hearing

Exclusion appeals

If a school has handed down a sanction such as a suspension or exclusion it is important, as a parent or guardian to understand your legal rights.

A suspension is normally temporary and is for a set period of time. However, if your child is facing permanent exclusion – where their name is removed from the school roll – you are entitled to lodge an appeal with an Independent Review Panel.

In such cases, a Head Teacher cannot permanently exclude a child from school until the Independent Review Panel has deliberated and made a final decision.

It is important to know that a child can only be excluded if the decision is:

  • Fair
  • Lawful
  • Proportionate
  • Rational and
  • Reasonable

How can Palmers help?

If you believe a decision to exclude is unlawful or there are mitigating circumstances that an Independent Review Panel needs to be aware of, it is important to seek legal advice.

We can advise you on your options and, if the school or local authority has acted in breach of legal guidelines relating to exclusion, we can appeal on your behalf.

For more information on appealing a decision by a school or local authority, please get in touch with us.

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