Controlling access to school premises

14 December 2018

The DfE published guidance to help schools understand what they should do to remove someone who is on the premises without permission.

The department has confirmed that schools are private property. People do not have an automatic right to enter. Parents have an ‘implied licence’ to come on to school premises at certain times, for instance: for appointments; to attend a school event and to drop off or pick up younger children.

The DfE advises that schools should set out their rules for this and let parents and carers know what they are. Anyone who breaks the rules, would be trespassing.