Date accepted by governors: Summer 2021
Review Date: Summer 2022
Ash Grange School is committed to dealing with all complaints fairly and impartially, and to providing a high quality service to those who complain. We will not normally limit the contact complainants have with our school. However, we do not expect our staff to tolerate unacceptable behaviour and will take action to protect staff from that behaviour, including that which is abusive, offensive or threatening.
Ash Grange School defines unreasonable behaviour as that which hinders our consideration of complaints because of the frequency or nature of the complainant’s contact with the school, such as, if the complainant:
refuses to articulate their complaint or specify the grounds of a complaint or the outcomes sought by raising the complaint, despite offers of assistance
refuses to co-operate with the complaints investigation process
refuses to accept that certain issues are not within the scope of the complaints procedure
insists on the complaint being dealt with in ways which are incompatible with the complaints procedure or with good practice
introduces trivial or irrelevant information which they expect to be taken into account and commented on
raises large numbers of detailed but unimportant questions, and insists they are fully answered, often immediately and to their own timescales
makes unjustified complaints about staff who are trying to deal with the issues, and seeks to have them replaced
changes the basis of the complaint as the investigation proceeds
repeatedly makes the same complaint (despite previous investigations or responses concluding that the complaint is groundless or has been addressed)
refuses to accept the findings of the investigation into that complaint where the school’s complaint procedure has been fully and properly implemented and completed including referral to the Department for Education
seeks an unrealistic outcome
makes excessive demands on school time by frequent, lengthy and complicated contact with staff regarding the complaint in person, in writing, by email and by telephone while the complaint is being dealt with
uses threats to intimidate
uses abusive, offensive or discriminatory language or violence
knowingly provides falsified information
publishes unacceptable information on social media or other public forums.
Complainants should try to limit their communication with the school that relates to their complaint, while the complaint is being progressed. It is not helpful if repeated correspondence is sent either by letter, phone or email, as it could delay the outcome being reached.
Whenever possible, the headteacher or Chair of Governors will discuss any concerns with the complainant informally before applying an ‘unreasonable’ marking.
If the behaviour continues, the headteacher will write to the complainant explaining that their behaviour is unreasonable and ask them to change it. For complainants who excessively contact Ash Grange School causing a significant level of disruption, we may specify methods of communication and limit the number of contacts in a communication plan. This will be reviewed after six months.
In response to any serious incident of aggression or violence, we will immediately inform the police and communicate our actions in writing. This may include barring an individual from Ash Grange School.
The school has an established culture that promotes and enhances the positive mental health of the whole school community, recognising that healthy relationships underpin positive mental health and have a significant impact on learning, health and wellbeing. We champion the expectation that ‘mental health is the individual’s responsibility supported by the whole school community'