1. Before arriving at the venue for the hearing

Before you arrive at the hearing, you should make sure you have let the governors’ clerk know who will be attending. 

If the family want to bring friends or other people for support, you should confirm this with the governors as they will need to ensure that the venue is large enough.

Sometimes they will take issue with large groups attending and the family might need to be ready to be selective about who will attend to support them.

You should try to get any written arguments and additional material to the clerk at least five school days before the hearing. If this is not possible, it may be helpful to let the clerk know that it will be late, and give an estimated time by which you will be in a position to provide your pack.


Once you have contacted the clerk to confirm arrangements, continue to the next step.

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