Please see below MAT wide policies:-
Temporary annex to Complaints Policy during COVID-19
Complaints Policy during COVID 19 pandemic- The annex above contains more information but please note: During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Education does not expect schools to handle new or existing complaints while they are closed. Schools will however, maintain communication with parents and pupils where possible in line with the advice from Public Health England regarding social distancing. Complaints can be considered once the government confirms that schools can safely reopen and resume normal procedures. For more information regarding school complaints, complainants should contact the DfE. If you are concerned a child may be at risk please contact the school immediately so they can inform the Local Authority or call the police on 101 if necessary. Alternatively please visit the NSPCC helpline to report a concern https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/our-services/nspcc-helpline/.
Church of England documents
For further information and publications from the National Church of England Education Office please click here
Principles and checklists for Head Teacher/Academy Council use when reviewing school policies
Each school has thier own admissions policy on their website. Please note this update regarding proposed changes to regulations for appeals in 2020 as a result of COVID-19:
Please note that subject to parliamentary approval, the DfE’s new regulations for appeals, which will be in force until 31 January 2021, will if passed:
- Disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person.
- Give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, by video conference, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing.
- Relax the rules to make it permissible for panels to continue with and conclude appeals as a panel of two if one of the three panel members withdraws temporarily or permanently.
- Amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force – any new or revised deadlines must be reasonable and at least 28 days from the date a notification of refusal of a school place was received by the appellant.