At Bowes, we are keen to avoid exclusions wherever possible. However, a pupil will be excluded from lessons or school when he/she has breached the school's behaviour for learning policy seriously or persistently. This is a serious sanction and will be considered in light of the conduct in question and by taking into account the school's policy.
When deciding whether to exclude a pupil, the headteacher considers the school's responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. The headteacher will also only exclude after a full investigation has taken place in order to ascertain what has happened and why.
On excluding a pupil, the headteacher will notify parents/carers of the period of the exclusion and the reasons for it.
In the case of fixed-term external exclusions, the headteacher will also inform parents/carers of their right to make representations about the exclusion to the Local Board of Governors.
During the external exclusion the pupil is expected to be at home and work will be provided. Parents/carers are required to attend a reintegration meeting following the external exclusion prior to the pupil's return to lessons.