We recently achieved a positive outcome for parents whose child was excluded from an independent school and who is sitting their GCSE examinations this summer.
On a confidential basis, and without stepping down from their viewpoint that the permanent exclusion was a reasonable decision, the Headteacher agreed to withdraw his decision to permanently exclude the pupil on the basis that the parents withdraw their son. The Headteacher also agreed to waive the normal requirement for the parents to give a term’s notice ahead of withdrawing their son from School as well as agreeing to provide a good reference.
This resulted in the parents being able to focus on supporting their child in his ongoing education, without a permanent exclusion marked on his school record. The further strain of seeking to challenge the Headteacher’s decision was also avoided. Both the parents and the School were focused to achieve the best possible outcome for the pupil.