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Exclusions from school

The headteacher of a school or academy can take a decision to exclude a pupil from the school for a fixed period of days or permanently.  This applies to maintained nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools, nursery classes and sixth forms.

Academies may have procedures which vary from those described here, you can find out more information from individual academies.

The headteacher can take a decision to exclude a pupil:

  • In response to serious breaches of a school's discipline policy - all schools have a written policy which sets out how pupils are expected to behave.
  • Where allowing your child to remain in school would seriously harm the education and welfare of your child or others in the school.

Your child cannot attend their school during any period of exclusion.

If your child is found in a public place during normal school hours during the first five school days of exclusion then you may be prosecuted or given a fixed penalty notice.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your child is not in a public place during any exclusion.

There are two kinds of exclusion - fixed period and permanent. Alternative education arrangements and procedures for challenging the exclusion will depend on the type of exclusion.


For information or advice, please contact your area education office.

Special Educational Needs - Integrated Assessment Team

North: 01524 581158
South: 01772 531836
East: 01254 220562 (or 220563 for Burnley and Pendle areas)

Independent advice

Independent advice is available from the Advisory Centre for Education (ACE). ACE is not connected to the county council:

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

The Coram Children’s Legal Centre is a national charity and provides advice on exclusions: