What about the Local Government Ombudsman?

The short answer is that the Ombudsman has no role in relation to academies/free schools.

It is not generally possible to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman about schools (although there is a pilot for that in relation to maintained schools in some areas).

The Ombudsman can hear complaints about the operation of local authority appeal panels dealing with exclusion appeals from maintained schools. But not for academies/free schools – the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over their appeal panels.

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