Raising your complaint
A child's parent, carer or any person who has been provided with a service at the school can register a complaint. By law, governing bodies must have a complaints procedure in place.
You can raise a complaint with a member of school staff either:
- in person
- by telephone
- in writing
You will need to be clear about what your complaint or what your concerns are
- Is this having any effect on your child?
- If this relates to an incident; when and where did the incident happen; who else was involved; did anyone see it happen; who was this reported to?
- What do you think needs to happen to resolve your concern or complaint?
We do not settle complaints about the services a school provides. Schools, however, are required by law to have procedures in place for handling complaints. Hackney Education has produced a summary complaints leaflet for parents, but complaints procedures can be different for each school. Speak to the school or go to their website to find out what their procedure is.
- Download the How to complain about a school leaflet
Complaints about Hackney Education services
If your complaint is about a service we provide, there is a separate procedure to follow. Go to Hackney Council - Complaints
Help and advice with your complaint
Officers in our Admissions and Pupil Benefits Team can provide advice and guidance to schools, parents and complainants on the procedures. You can call the team on 020 8820 7000 (option 9).
Any complaint brought to the Headteacher that suggests that a child has been at risk of:
- emotional abuse
- sexual interference
may be referred to Hackney Social Services and/or to the social services authority for the area the child lives. If social services decides to investigate, this may delay or replace the school investigation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8356 5500.