Exclusion from school

Good discipline in schools is essential to ensure that all pupils can benefit from the opportunities provided by education. The government supports headteachers in using exclusion as a sanction where it is warranted. However, permanent exclusion should only be used as a last resort, in response to a serious breach, or persistent breaches, of the school's behaviour policy; and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.

Please see the statutory guidance  for more information.

What happens if my child is excluded?

When a school decides to exclude a child, they will

  • Inform the child’s parent /carer by telephone;
  • Confirm that call via a letter setting out the reason for the exclusion and the process that will follow including how parents can make representation

The Local Authority will ensure an education provision is available for all Bromley students permanently excluded, from the sixth day of exclusion. The school remains responsible for providing education up to that point. For fixed term exclusions exceeding five days, school must provide alternative full time education.

Unofficial exclusions

The Department for Education has issued guidance about ‘unofficial exclusions’, which are illegal.  Fortunately they are rare but they involve the school sending a pupil home or not allowing them in school, and not writing to the parent to explain why, and not informing the parent of their statutory rights. 

Examples could be where:

  • a pupil has had a fixed term exclusion and is not allowed back to school until a reintegration meeting has been arranged, which may take some time 
  • a pupil is asked to stay at home during a school inspection
  • a pupil is asked to go on an extended and inappropriate period of study leave
  • a parent is coerced to educate their child at home.

View or download our leaflet - Exclusion from school a guide for parents and carers

Penalty Notices whereabouts of excluded pupils

Schools and agencies (for example the Police) can apply for the issue of a penalty notice to parents of pupils who are found in a public place during the school day whilst excluded. 

Code of Conduct for Education Penalty Notices.