Please find Sholing Junior School's policy, procedure and guidance documents below to view or download. Please ask at the office if you would like a paper copy.
This statement deals with the policy and practice which informs the School’s use of exclusion. It is
underpinned by the shared commitment of all members of the school community to achieve two
1. The first is to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the school community, and to maintain an appropriate education environment in which all can learn and succeed;
2. The second is to realise the aim of reducing the need to use exclusion as a sanction.
The decision to exclude a pupil will be taken in the following circumstances:
(a) In response to a serious breach of the school’s Behaviour Policy
(b) If allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of other persons or the pupil him/herself in the school.
Exclusion is an extreme sanction and is only administered by the Headteacher. At times the Headteacher will decide not to use the extreme sanction of an exclusion but will decide that a behaviour plan should be drawn up to try avoid the sanction of an exclusion in the future. This
might be accompanied by an internal exclusion.
Most exclusions are of a fixed term nature and are of short duration (usually between one and three
days). The DfE regulations allow the Headteacher to exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods not exceeding a total of 45 school days in any one school year.
The Governors have established arrangements to review promptly all permanent exclusions from the school and all fixed term exclusions that would lead to a pupil being excluded for more than 15 days in a school term or missing a public examination.
The Governors have established arrangements to review fixed term exclusions which would lead to a
pupil being excluded for more than five days but not more than 15 days in a school term where a parent has expressed a wish to make representations.
Following exclusion parents are contacted immediately where possible. A letter will be sent by post
giving details of the exclusion and the date the exclusion ends. Parents have a right to make
representations to the Governing Body and the Local Authority as directed in the letter.
A return to school meeting will be held following the expiry of the fixed term exclusion and this will
involve a member of the Senior Management Team and other staff where appropriate. During this
meeting a Pastoral Support Plan will be drawn up, which will include a review date.
During the course of a fixed term exclusion where the pupil is to be at home, parents are advised that the pupil is not allowed on the school premises, and that daytime supervision is their responsibility as parents/guardians.
Records relating to exclusions will be stored confidentially.
The decision to exclude a pupil permanently is a serious one. There are two main types of situation in which permanent exclusion may be considered:
1. The first is a final, formal step in a concerted process for dealing with disciplinary offences
following the use of a wide range of other strategies, which have been used without success. It is an acknowledgement that all available strategies have been exhausted and is used as a last resort. This would include persistent and defiant misbehaviour including bullying (which would include racist or homophobic bullying) or repeated possession and/or use of an illegal drug on school premises.
2. The second is where there are exceptional circumstances and it is not appropriate to implement
other strategies and where it could be appropriate to permanently exclude a pupil for a first or
‘one off’ offence.
The school will involve the police of any actions deemed to be criminal offences.