Child Withdrawal Process 2021-22

We hate to talk about children leaving us, but one or two examples have emerged recently where withdrawing parents have felt they have not fully understood the parent contract as it applies to withdrawals and we therefore think that it might help if we set out our process in detail.

The school has to make provision for teaching its children and has to plan several months ahead to achieve this. We ask our parents to help us by doing the same, and in company with all other schools that we are aware of, we ask that a full term’s notice is given, so that we stand a chance of replacing the child being withdrawn.

Please note that schools may differ in their definitions of what this means; we at NMS require notice to be provided by no later than the last day of the preceding term, so this therefore means that notice to leave at the end of Summer Term in July 2022 needs to be provided to us by the last day of the Spring Term in March 2022.

While we appreciate that some parents may wish to keep us informed of possible plans, statements made either verbally or in writing to a class teacher or your Head, such as “we are likely to leave some time, but we are not sure when”, or else “we expect to be leaving in six months’ time” do not meet our criteria for notice as indicated above and cannot be considered contractual notice of withdrawal. For the avoidance of doubt, therefore, please note that, due notice is only given if it is made in writing to your Head or to NMS Central Office, giving a definite leaving date, and copying in your spouse or partner so that we know that both of you are in agreement concerning the withdrawal (an email will achieve this if copied to the other parent).