Complaints about schools
The vast majority of concerns and complaints are dealt with immediately, satisfactorily, and through informal discussions with your child’s class/subject teacher or, Head of year. Schools encourage this through their own individual ethos and effective communication systems. When you have concerns about a school, it is important that you raise them as soon as possible with the relevant members of staff in order to try to resolve any issues.
What do we mean by ‘complaint’?
Generally, a school complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the standards of teaching, how a particular incident was handled or about the conduct of members of staff employed at the school. A complaint can be made using any form of communication including: in person, in writing or, by telephone/fax/e-mail, and by a parent or carer or, other person with a legitimate interest in the school, this includes a range of people such as community facility users, neighbours, students and visitors.
It is important to understand that the initial information both parties may have about an incident may not be the full picture which is why it is important to share, listen and try to understand all perspectives until the matter has been fully investigated and the facts are known. Working with parents and others in resolving complaints, helps schools to identify ways to further improve the service they provide to children, young people and their families.
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