Exclusion is where a head teacher officially tells a pupil to leave the school site because there is sufficient evidence that he or she has committed a serious disciplinary offence. It is part of a formal process that schools have in place to maintain discipline.
There are two types of exclusion:

  • fixed-term - the pupil is excluded for a set period of time
  • permanent - the pupil is excluded from that school permanently.

By law, only the head teacher can exclude a pupil. You will be informed of your child's exclusion by the head teacher or someone on the head teacher's behalf. The school will also write to you within one school day, explaining the reason for the exclusion and whether it is for a fixed term or permanent.

For more information download our 'Exclusion from school - a guide for parents and carers' handbook below.

You can also download a copy of the Department for Education (DfE) guidance on school exclusion below.

For further advice or assistance please contact us on the details given below.

Principal officer, exclusions and reintegration

Children, Families & Learners


Learning and Inclusion, 4th Floor, Zone A, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA , United Kingdom