Portsmouth City Council (15 018 071)

Category : Education > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 07 Mar 2016

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 complaint

  1. 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.

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The Ombudsman’s role and powers

  1. The Local Government Act 1974 sets out the Ombudsman’s powers but also imposes restrictions on what she can investigate.
  2. The Ombudsman cannot investigate complaints about what happens in schools. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5, paragraph 5(b))

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Final decision

  1. Mr E’s complaints are about matters concerned with the internal management of the school. The law says the Ombudsman cannot investigate such matters.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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