ST SOPHIA’S SCHOOL
St Sophia’s School has long prided itself on the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided to its pupils. However, if parents do have a complaint they can expect it to be treated by the School in accordance with this Procedure. St Sophia’s makes its complaints procedure available to all parents of pupils and of prospective pupils through the school website.
What Constitutes a Complaint?
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction with a real or perceived problem. It may be made about the School as a whole or about an individual member of staff, and any matter about which a parent is unhappy and seeks action by the School is within the scope of this procedure. A complaint is likely to arise if a parent believes that the School has done something wrong, failed to do something that it should have done or has acted unfairly. Parents can be assured that all concerns and complaints will be treated seriously and confidentially. The School is here for your child and you can be assured that your child will not be penalised for a complaint that you or your child raises in good faith.
Stage 1 – Informal Resolution
- It is hoped that most complaints and concerns will be resolved quickly and informally.
- If parents have a complaint they should normally contact their child’s form teacher. In many cases, the matter will be resolved straight away by this means to the parents’ satisfaction. If the form teacher cannot resolve the matter alone, it may be necessary for him/her to consult the Deputy Head if the complaint concerns the Junior School or the Head Teacher if the complaint concerns the Senior School.
- Complaints made directly to the Deputy Head/Head Teacher will usually be referred to the relevant form teacher.
- If the complaint is against a specific member of staff, the Deputy Head/Head Teacher will have the right to decide whether the member of staff’s presence is appropriate at this stage.
- In the event that the form teacher/Deputy Head and the parents fail to reach a satisfactory resolution then parents will be advised to proceed with their complaint in accordance with Stage 2 of this Procedure.
Stage 2 – Formal Resolution
- If the complaint cannot be resolved on an informal basis, then the parents should put their complaint in writing to the Head. The Head will decide, after considering the complaint, the appropriate course of action to take.
- The Head will respond in writing to the written complaint, and may also meet with the parents in person again, in order to resolve the matter.
- If the complaint is made against a specific member of staff, that member of staff may be present at this meeting. The Head will have the right to decide whether the member of staff’s presence is appropriate at this stage.
- It may be necessary for the Head to carry out further investigations.
- Once the Head is satisfied that, so far as is practicable, all of the relevant facts have been established, a decision will be made and parents will be informed of this decision in writing.
- The Head will also give reasons for her decision.
- If parents are still not satisfied with the decision, they should proceed to Stage 3 of this Procedure.
Stage 3 – Writing to the Governors
- If parents seek to invoke Stage 3 (following a failure to reach an earlier resolution), they will need to write to the Chairman of Governors.
- The matter will then be referred to all the Governors for consideration. The Governors will discuss the matter and will conduct, if appropriate, any further investigations
- After due consideration of all facts they consider relevant, the Governors will reach a decision and will write to the parents informing them of their decision and the reasons for it.
- The decision of the Governors will be final.
Financial and Administrative Complaints
Financial issues are dealt with by the bursar in accordance with the terms and conditions available to view on the website. If the parents are unhappy with the decision, they can write again to the bursar lodging an official complaint. If the parents are not satisfied with the response they may then write to the Governors who will follow procedure as in Stage 3 above. Once again, the Governors’ decision is final.
Administrative issues, e.g. regarding registration, are dealt with by the registrar in accordance with terms and conditions. If the parents wish to lodge an official complaint they should do so in writing to the registrar, copying in the head and deputy. If the registrar’s response does not satisfy the parents, they may then write directly to the head and/or deputy, who will look into the matter and reply. The decision of the head and/or deputy will be final.
School number: 07500 654 610
Chairman of governors, Mrs Calliope Caroussis, email@example.com
Head Teacher, Dr. Olga Fakatseli, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Head and Head of Junior School Dr. Ailina Gkoratsa, email@example.com
Bursar, Mrs Nena Homans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar, Mrs Nena Homans, email@example.com