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 complainant, whom I shall call Mr X, complains about the way the Council acted when a school’s governing body disbanded.
The Ombudsman’s role and powers
- The Ombudsman cannot investigate complaints about what happens in schools. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5, paragraph 5(b))
How I considered this complaint
- 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.
What I found
- 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.
- 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.
- The Ombudsman cannot investigate how a school governing body is disbanded or created.
Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman