Exclusion Policy

Norton College


Policy on Exclusions

Reviewed by: Ian Hardicker

                     :March 2016

                     :March 2017

                     :March 2018

Review date:       March 2019


Norton College Policy Exclusion

More serious or continued indiscipline which shows no sign of positive improvement will result in a meeting being called with Parents / Guardians and Social Workers so that concerns may be addressed.

Exclusion from the College for fixed periods form an acceptable sanction that will be used should behaviour continue to be unacceptable and permanent exclusions may have to be considered as a last resort.

All fixed term exclusions are recorded on a notification form with a unique reference number, these are kept in the main college office.

When a student is excluded a letter is sent home explaining the incident and reason for exclusion. The letter outlines the process for parents / carers and their right to appeal should they wish to do so.

Pupils who maliciously damage College property will be charged for such damage and the matter could be referred to the Police and a legal response.

The underlying ethos of the College is to maintain a pupil on a progressive course of improvement and reward thus allowing pupils to feel good about their learning and confident in their success.

There is a strong expectation that pupils will make every effort to control all those aspects of their behaviour which cause disruption or distress to others. Discipline in the College is based on this expectation and also on the belief that reward and encouragement are more effective than sanctions and punishments.

The following is a hierarchical list of consequences that will be applied in a fair, firm and transparent manner.

An adaption of educational package

Fixed Term Exclusion

Permanent Exclusion

(Adaption of provision can be utilised at any juncture to support students from a cycle of negative behaviour)

There is an expectation that students will put right, get over and move forward regarding any difficulty they may have.

Consequences are not always sanctions and are designed to allow the student time to recover from any difficulty and to put it right. 

Pupils who continually find difficulties with the College Code of Conduct will be referred to external professional for additional support and the Head, after advice, may elect to seek a change in the Educational health care Plan to more appropriately reflect the pupils’ need. Whilst this is clearly not a sanction, it is a valuable and positive route to follow before exclusion may be needed.

There is an overriding philosophy which states that time lost out of class as the result of poor behaviour or deliberate absenting should be made up.

The over ridding aim is to maintain positive relationships with students whilst applying firm, consistent and fair guidelines that will allow the students to resolve any difficulties they may have and to understand the expectations society will place on them as they move towards citizenship in the wider context.

It is recognised that some students will experience difficulty accessing the curriculum in the normal manner within the classroom and alternative packages may be set up (depending on finances) to allow the student to receive their entitlement.

These packages are flexible in their approach and will be used in increase self esteem whilst either working towards full time education or as a full time alternative to College based learning.

Individualised packages may include elements of 1:1 work as appropriate in a variety of settings ranging from :-




These personalised packages may include elements of

Work Experience
Other College link courses
Home based study


Such arrangements would utilise the support of other professional agencies in line with the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative  including:-


Careers advice/work
Social Services
Plus any other agency or group that would be deemed appropriate.


March 2018

"I want to take young people on a journey from that hopeless feeling to hopefulness, and from a feeling of dependence to independence."

Ian Hardicker, Head Teacher, Norton College

Outstanding for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare!
31 May 2018

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