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. Our school policies can be found here.
*** 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 ***
- Fixed period exclusions
- Pupils at risk of permanent exclusion
- Permanent exclusion
- Education after permanent exclusion
- Second permanent exclusions
For advice about Exclusions - for Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancs please contact:
Tel: Exclusions from School 01772 532190 or 01772 534263 Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Closed for bank holidays.
South Area Education Office
Level 1 Christ Church Precinct
Further information is available on Exclusions from School on the Lancashire County Council's website or you can use the Contacts & Independent Advice Panel below.
Example Letters & Leaflets
Contacts & Independent Advice
For information or advice, please contact your area education office.
Special Educational Needs - Integrated Assessment Team
South Area: 01772 531836
Independent advice is available from:
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE). Please note that ACE is not connected to Lancashire County Council.
The Coram Children’s Legal Centre is a national charity and provides advice on exclusions.