City/Matrix School Exclusions Project
The School Exclusion Project
A jointly run, award-winning project between City, 11 Kings Bench Walk Chambers and Matrix Chambers, providing free legal representation to challenge permanent exclusions from state and maintained schools. We do not assist in temporary exclusions or in relation to admissions to schools.
The School Exclusion Project can only be contacted for help through its webpage at School Exclusion Project. You must complete the online form there and wait for our directors to inform you if we can take on your case. The Project cannot be contacted by phone, email or otherwise via The City Law School.
We endeavour to provide free advice and legal representation to help you challenge your or your child's permanent exclusion. We provide trained representatives who will help you challenge your child's permanent exclusion from school. Appeals go first to the Governing Body of your school and then to an Independent Review Panel. You and your child will be represented by a law student from City who has received specialist training in exclusions and discrimination law from barristers at 11 King’s Bench Walk and Matrix Chambers. The law student is not a qualified lawyer, but can provide you with lay advice and representation at no cost to you. Your representative will produce a written document outlining your case to the review panel, and will present the case at the hearing in person. They can advise you on the law about exclusions and about further steps that can be taken after an appeal.