Complaints about schools
How to complain
Any concerns you have about your child’s education can usually be settled by speaking to the headteacher or other member of staff.
In terms of making a formal complaint, the headteacher will be able tell you how to make a formal complaint to the governing body. This is usually by completing a complaint form provided by the school or by writing a letter to the Chair of the governing body. You should make it clear:
- Why you are complaining.
- Who you have spoken to already.
- What you want to happen as a result of your complaint.
The Chair of governors should arrange for your complaint to be investigated. The governor in charge of investigating your complaint may ask to meet you to clarify the nature and detail of your complaint.
They will give you full details of how they will carry out any further investigation in keep you up to date with progress.
How long will it take to deal with a formal complaint
The governing body should aim to respond to your complaint within 28 school working days of receiving your written complaint. If there is any delay, they will let you know the reasons and keep you informed. Individual schools may adopt slightly different complaint policies so it is important you find out the procedure when you submit your complaint.
When the panel has fully investigated your complaint, the governing body will write to you confirming the outcome of your complaint and any agreed action to be taken.
What if I am not satisfied with the outcome
From 1 August 2012 complaints about maintained schools not resolved by the school that would have been considered by the Local Government Ombudsman or the local authority should be addressed to the Secretary of State for Education.
If you would like to contact the Secretary of State or another member of the Department’s ministerial team you can: