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Merton council no longer deals with complaints relating to schools or school admissions. Guidance is provided by the Department for Education on the complaints procedure for schools and academies.
If you are unhappy with the way in which a school is acting, your first step should be to make your complaint directly to the school. If your complaint remains unresolved by teaching staff or the head teacher, the school will usually refer it to their governing body or trustees as part of their complaints process.
If you have already followed the school’s own complaints procedure or if there are reasons why you cannot use that procedure - for example, you feel your complaint has not been or will not be given a fair consideration due to a conflict of interest - you can forward your complaint to the Department for Education, using the online school complaints form.
The Department for Education web site gives further guidance and a complaints form:
Other information regarding school complaints is also available by searching the DFE web site.
For the Secretary of State to intervene in a maintained school following a complaint, he needs to be sure either that:
The Secretary of State will consider complaints similar to those made about maintained schools and may include where:
Complaints that concern a child with special educational needs (SEN) will be handled by the specialist SEN team. As with other complaints, try first to resolve concerns locally by discussion with the class teacher and SENCO. If the concern remains, ask for a meeting with the head teacher, following the school’s complaints procedure.
If a complaint relates to the delivery of educational services specified on a statement of SEN, you would need to discuss this informally with Merton’s SEN service. If the concern remains, please follow our complaints procedure (0.4MB).
If you need any further guidance regarding the special educational needs provision contact email@example.com
If you wish to comment on, or compliment a school, please write directly to the school, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last updated on Friday 15 November 2013