Making a complaint about this school
It is in everyone’s interest that concerns and complaints are resolved at the earliest possible stage. Many issues can be resolved informally, without the need to use the formal stages of the complaints procedure. The Trust, and each school within the Trust take concerns seriously and will make every effort to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. If you have difficulty discussing a concern with a particular member of staff, we will respect your views. In these cases, the Head Teacher will refer you to another staff member. Similarly, if the member of staff directly involved feels unable to deal with a concern, you will be referred to another staff member. The member of staff may be more senior but does not have to be. The ability to consider the concern objectively and impartially is more important. We understand however, that there are occasions when people would like to raise their concerns formally. In this case, the school will attempt to resolve the issue internally, through the stages outlined within this complaints procedure.
It is to be hoped that most concerns can be expressed and resolved on an informal basis. Concerns should be raised with either the class teacher, year head / subject head or Head
Teacher. Complainants should not approach individual Governors or Trustees to raise concerns or complaints. They have no power to act on an individual basis and it may also prevent them from
considering complaints at Stage 3 of the procedure. At the conclusion of their investigation, the appropriate person investigating the complaint will provide an informal written response within 15 school days of the date of receipt of the complaint. If the issue remains unresolved, the next step is to make a formal complaint.