Governance, Complaints and Appeals in Education

Governance, Complaints and Appeals


We have extensive expertise in advising schools on governance structures and, as a number of our lawyers are members of Governing Boards we have experience in operating within these structures. We are often called upon to advise on:

  • Modifying governance structures
  • Governors’ (trustees’) duties and responsibilities
  • Compliance with Companies Act and Charities Act legislation

We can provide company secretarial services including keeping statutory registers up to date, filing documents at Companies House and submitting annual returns and drafting resolutions.

Admissions and Appeals

We can support you with school appeals, including in-year appeals for parents new to the area or wishing for their child to move schools.

We also advise on the appeal process when a child has been excluded from school as well as advice on allegations of discrimination and on safeguarding considerations that may arise.


Many complaints received by educational establishments can be serious in nature and touch on safeguarding and other substantial issues. If a complaint has been raised, we can support you by ensuring your complaints policy is being followed and that general safeguarding and legal principles continue to be adhered to.

Should matters go further, we can also support you when further avenues of redress may be sought such as failure to deal with bullying, safeguarding issues and concerns regarding meeting the needs of children with special educational needs.