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Pupils & Parents

Parents and Pupils, Safeguarding and Child Protection

The relationships with parents and pupils are the life-blood of your school and the foundation on which its reputation is built.

Comprehensive contractual and policy documents, together with the experience of knowledgeable legal advisers, are key to your effective management of these relationships, particularly in matters where emotions can run high. We provide complete support to schools on a 24/7 basis to ensure that they have the legal support that they need, whenever nessesary.

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How can we help?

We have a specialist Regulatory Compliance team who can advise on a very broad range of parent and pupil issues including:

  • Parent Contract & Related Agreements
  • School Inspection
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection
  • Pupil Discipline, Behaviour & Parental Complaints

Parent Contract and Related Agreements (including consumer credit agreements)

The most comprehensive range of template agreements is available with our parent contract, together with advice on making each bespoke to the needs of your school.

School Inspection

We have developed a wide range of policies and procedures to help you meet the standards required on inspection. We also offer advice on preparing for inspection and, if required, on challenging the inspectors' findings.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

We can advise on a full range of issues relating to safeguarding and child protection and are frequently asked to provide training to staff and Governors.

Pupil Discipline, Behaviour and Parental Complaints

Our team has a wealth of experience in advising schools on all aspects of pupil discipline and behaviour including the most serious incidents.

Equality, Diversity and Disability

We can advise on a full range of equality issues including disability, SEN and learning difficulties and the funding of the provision required to meet a pupils specific needs.

Proactive 24/7 Legal Support for Schools

Our Independent School team works in collaboration with other specialists within our Regulatory and Health and Safety, Charity Governance, Property, Commercial, Employment, Dispute resolution and School Fees Recovery Scheme teams to provide full service legal advice to schools.

Schools are updated on the latest developments in the law through our free Schools Law Brief, practical training seminars and INSET training days that can be designed to your specific needs.

We recognise that incidents can often arise out of normal school hours. Our senior team members can be contacted 24 hours a day, including weekends and during the holidays, to provide support when it is most needed.

For specialist advice on school pupil or parent issues, please call John Deakin on 0117 314 5335.

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Meet the Team

Our independent schools lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the independent schools sector

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Barney Northover - Independent Schools Partner & Education Lawyer at VWV

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Simon Bevan - Partner at VWV

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Tabitha Cave - Partner at VWV

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