London Borough of Tower Hamlets (15 019 310)

Category : Education > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 30 Mar 2016

The Ombudsman's final decision:

Summary: The Ombudsman has no power to investigate Mr X’s complaint about the Council’s involvement in a school governing body’s disbandment and creation.

The complaint

  1. The complainant, whom I shall call Mr X, complains about the way the Council acted when a school’s governing body disbanded.

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The Ombudsman’s role and powers

  1. The Ombudsman cannot investigate complaints about what happens in schools. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5, paragraph 5(b))

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How I considered this complaint

  1. I considered the information Mr X provided with his complaint which included the Council’s reply to it. Mr X has commented on a draft version of this decision.

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What I found

  1. Mr X used to be a school governor. In December 2015 the governing body voted to disband. Mr X says the Council gave the school, and the governing body, inaccurate information about this and applied too much pressure. He says the Council acted wrongly in arranging a replacement governing body. He is not happy with an officer’s behaviour and actions.
  2. The Ombudsman has no power to investigate how school’s governing bodies are created, arranged and managed. This includes how officers carry out any action related to this.

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Final decision

  1. The Ombudsman cannot investigate how a school governing body is disbanded or created.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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