Oxley College will maintain and publish a set of procedures in respect of handling complaints made in respect of services provided by the College or against staff members, which includes employees, contractors and volunteers.
1.1 Purpose and scope
This procedure applies to Oxley College in handling complaints made in respect of services provided by the College or against staff members, which includes employees, contractors and volunteers.
This procedure does not extend to personal grievances between parents, guardians or other members of the College community.
1.2 Whistleblowing complaints
This procedure does not extend to complaints which are whistleblowing disclosures. The procedure for processing whistleblowing complaints are dealt with in the College’s whistleblowing policy.
In summary a whistleblowing disclosure is a disclosure which:
1.3 Related policies
Complaints about reportable conduct will be addressed in accordance with the College’s Child Protection Policy.
Complaints regarding a grievance between staff members about work matters, including work relationships and decision made by other staff members which impact on their work, are addressed in accordance with the College’s Staff Grievance Policy.
Complaints regarding unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying between staff are generally addressed in accordance with the school’s Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Statement.
All parties involved in complaints handling are required to maintain appropriate confidentiality, including in relation to handling and storing records.
A complaint or grievance is an expression of dissatisfaction made to the school about an educational and/or operational matter relating to services provided by the school or the behaviour or decisions of a staff member, contractor or volunteer, including misconduct.
If a parent/carer or student has a concern about the conduct of a staff member, they should raise their concern with the school in accordance with section 3. If a complaint that concerns the behaviour of a staff member may constitute reportable conduct, the matter will be addressed in accordance with the school’s Child Protection Policy in accordance with section 1.2. Please refer to the school’s Child Protection Policy for information about reportable conduct. Complainants are not required to assess whether their concern meets the threshold of reportable conduct before making a complaint. Any concern about a child’s wellbeing may be reported under this policy.
Complaints may be made by a student or parent/carer.
The school will seek to resolve complaints informally where possible but acknowledges that in some cases a person may wish to make a formal complaint.
3.1 The complainant
Informal complaints may be raised by a complainant directly with the person involved. However, if the complainant does not feel comfortable doing so or the matter is one where it may not be appropriate to do so a complaint can be made to the appropriate member of the College Executive. Any complaint about the conduct of a staff member should be raised directly with the Head of College in the first instance.
Should the matter not be resolved through informal processes, the complainant may raise the matter formally with the school. A formal complaint can be made in writing to the Head of College via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where a person wishes to make a formal complaint concerning the Head of College the complaint should be made in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Governors. This can be done by contacting the EA to the Head of College. In this situation, the references in this policy relating to the role of the Head of College should be read as references to the Chairman of the Board of Governors.
3.2 The school
The Head of College will generally acknowledge receipt of a formal complaint in writing as soon as practicable.
4.1 Assessing a complaint
The Head of College generally will assess the complaint and determine:
4.2 Managing a formal complaint
The Head of College generally will manage a formal complaint by:
There may be circumstances where some of the steps outlined above are not appropriate and the school will determine, on a case by case basis the most appropriate method of handling the complaint.
A complainant and the relevant parties that the complaint is about may choose to have an appropriate support person present at any meeting with representatives of the School about the complaint. However, the School maintains the right to determine whether the person’s preferred support person is appropriate and may not approve the attendance of a support person where they are determined by the School to be inappropriate.
If you have any queries about this procedure, you should contact the EA to the Head of College, for advice.