The Ombudsman's final decision:
Summary: Mr E complains the Council did not follow the correct process when intervening in a school. The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint as internal matters in schools are out of her jurisdiction.
- The complainant, who I shall call Mr E, complains about the way the Council intervened in a school. He says statutory timescales were not properly followed. He says a member of staff who had been dismissed was reinstated at appeal, and the Council refuses to investigate earlier allegations about this member of staff.
The Ombudsman’s role and powers
- The Local Government Act 1974 sets out the Ombudsman’s powers but also imposes restrictions on what she can investigate.
- The Ombudsman cannot investigate complaints about what happens in schools. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5, paragraph 5(b))
- Mr E’s complaints are about matters concerned with the internal management of the school. The law says the Ombudsman cannot investigate such matters.
Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman