Independent schools do not need to conform to the Education Acts or Guidance issued by the Department for Education or regional Local Authorities in the same way that state schools and Academies do.

The relationship between the school and the parent/student is governed by contract. Independent schools must also apply the rules of Natural Justice and Public Law principles and must have regard to the Independent School Regulations.

Given that the legal relationship is one of contract, parents will want to demand an appropriate level of service in return for the fees paid. A common complaint is that parents will feel that the level of education provided is not of a high enough standard, and that they expected better in return for the money paid. Such a dispute would be bound by the rules relating to contract law.

This is why Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Education Law solicitors are here.

We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully representing clients regarding complaints against Independent Schools.

How do we achieve this?

Our Education Law specialists continue to demonstrate considerable success when handling disputes with Independent Schools, including the following:

  • Withdrawal of pupils without proper notice
  • Expulsion/suspension or requests for removal of pupils
  • Complaint hearings
  • Bullying
  • Discrimination issues
  • Claims brought for harm caused by negligent teaching
  • Injuries caused through accidents arising out of a failure to take appropriate care of students

Obtaining clear, high quality legal advice as soon as possible will ensure the correct issues can be identified and appropriate representations made.

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