Discipline and Exclusions Policy

School Behaviour Policy

IHS has a Behaviour Policy, which lists the rules of conduct for pupils before and after school as well as during the school day.


The policy also highlights what the school does to prevent bullying.

Parent/Guardian can ask the school for a copy of the policy document.


  1. Discipline


The school will discipline pupils if they behave badly.


Examples of sanctions include:


  • A warning
  • A letter home
  • Removal from a class or group
  • Confiscating something inappropriate for school (eg mobile phone, MP3 player or any other article)
  • DetentionDetention The school staff can use reasonable force to control and restrain pupils. This could include leading a pupil by the arm into a classroom. Complaining about a punishment
  • If you disagree with the way your child has been disciplined, please speak to the head teacher. If you are not satisfied, ask for a copy of the complaints procedure.
  • Physical contact
  • The school does not have to give parents notice of after school detentions or tell them why a detention has been given.

2.  Exclusions

The head teacher can exclude your child (also called being ‘expelled’ or ‘suspended’) if they misbehave.

What happens when your child is excluded

  • The school will let you know about the exclusion as soon as possible and follow up with a letter including information about how long your child is excluded for and why.
  • You should also be told how to challenge the exclusion, if you want to.
  • Exclusions can start the same day but the school cannot make you collect your child straight away.


Risk of prosecution if child is found in a public place

For the first 5 school days of exclusion, it’s your responsibility to make sure your child isn’t in a public place during normal school hours unless there is a good reason.

You might be prosecuted if your child is found in a public place when they’re not supposed to be.


You can get free legal advice if your child has been excluded.


Type of exclusions

There are two kind of exclusions – fixed period (suspended) and permanent (expelled).


Fixed period exclusion

A fixed period exclusion is where your child is temporarily removed from school. They can only be removed for up to 45 school days in 1 school year. If a child has been excluded for a fixed period, schools should set and mark work for the first 5 school days. If the exclusion is longer than 5 school days, the school must arrange full-time education from the 6th school day.

Permanent exclusion

Permanent exclusion means your child is expelled. The local authority must arrange full-time education from the 6th school day.


Alternative education and exclusion

The school must tell you about any alternative education they or the local authority arrange. This is your responsibility to make sure your child attends. Contact the school (for fixed period exclusions) or the local authority (for permanent exclusions) if they haven’t arranged anything after 5 days, or if you have a complaint about the education.


You can complain to the Department for Education (DfE) if you’re not happy with their response.


Challenging exclusion

The letter from school about the exclusion will tell you how to challenge the decision.


Challenging fixed period exclusion

Parent/guardian can challenge fixed period exclusions if a pupil has been excluded for more than 5 school days in a term or exclusion will mean they will miss a public exam or national curriculum test. For exclusions of 5 school days or less, parents can ask the governing body to consider their decesion.

Challenging permanent exclusion

Parent/guardian can challenge permanent exclusion with the governing body. If they continue with the exclusion, you can appeal to the local authority. The governing body must tell you how to do this.


Discrimination and other complaints

Parent/guardian can make a claim to a court or a tribunal if they think their child has been discriminated against. Contact the Equality Advisory Support Service for help and advice.


For more general complaints (eg if you don’t want to challenge the exclusion but you’re not happy with the way the school handled it), follow the normal school complaints process.


  • SearchesSearches without your child’s consentThe school does not need your child’s consent to search them if they think your child has prohibited items including


  • Weapons, eg knives
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Stolen goods
  • Tobacco products, eg cigarettes
  • Pornographic images (of any kind, eg tabloid topless pictures and ‘lads’ mags’ as well as extreme adult material)
  • Fireworks
  • Anything that has been, or is likely to be, used to cause injury or commit an offence
  • Anything banned in the school rules  
  • The search witness must also be the same sex as your child if possible. Your child must not be asked to remove clothes, other than outer clothing like a coat. If there is a risk of serious harm to other people and the search is not conducted immediately, a child may be searched by a person of the opposite sex and without another member of staff present.
  • There should normally be 2 members of staff present during the search – the person doing the search and the search witness. Searches should normally be done by someone of the same sex as your child.
  • Legal requirements of a search
  • These things can be confiscated

Metal detectors


The school can make pupils go through a metal detector – they don’t have to suspect that your child has a weapon. If your child refuses to go through the metal detector, they can be stopped from coming into the school.


Complaining about a search


If you are unhappy with a search on your child at the school, please speak to the head teacher. If you are not satisfied, ask for a copy of the complaints procedure.

4.  Help and advice

You can get free legal advice and information on children’s schooling and education rights from the Coram Children’s Legal Centre.


You can download factsheets from the website or speak to an advisor on the phone.


Coram Children’s Legal Centre www.childrenslegalcentre.com Telephone: 08088 020 008 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Find out about call charges