If your complaint is about an individual school, you should always ensure you complain to the headteacher. If you are then still unhappy, you should complain to the governing body.
It is the responsibility of individual schools to respond to complaints. You can get a copy of your school’s complaint procedure from their office, or you can download a general complaints procedure
which tells you what will happen and who to contact. In some schools, a slightly different process may apply.
Please note that this information only applies to schools under county council control, not academies. If your complaint is about the local authority, please click here
Many concerns can be resolved quickly, often by making contact with the class teacher or head of year. If this is not possible, or the teacher is unable to resolve the concern, the parent/carer or pupil should contact the headteacher or deputy headteacher. They should attempt to work with the family to resolve the complaint informally. Most complaints are dealt with in this way.
If pupils, parents or carers are not satisfied with the outcome of the informal investigation, they may wish to make a formal complaint. This should be done in writing to the headteacher.
If the complaint is about the headteacher, or if the problem is not resolved, the matter should be referred to the chair of the governors of the school. The school and its governors have a duty in law to act properly and investigate complaints impartially.
Once completed, the person making the complaint should receive a written response from the school. If pupils, parents or carers are dissatisfied with the response, they can refer the complaint to a review committee of governors, known as the complaints committee.
Only when this process has been exhausted should parents complain to the local authority, although they may choose to keep the authority copied into correspondence for information purposes.
can investigate complaints about the work of the school as whole, but are not in a position to investigate any matter that relates only to your child.