Reed Business School (RBS) is committed to maintaining high service standards to all its customers.  “customers” refers to Employers who use our services, Apprentices who are on an Apprenticeship training program with RBS, and Learners/Students attending RBS outside of an Apprenticeship training programme.

If you do not receive a satisfactory service from Reed Business School you need to tell us about it.  This will help us to improve our standards.

RBS will ensure that all complaints are dealt with in a professional, consistent, fair and expedient manner at all times. 

Complaint Definition

A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about an act, omission, decision, or a service provided by us. A dissatisfaction may arise from the actions of a member of staff or from an area or programme of work.

Complaints provide an opportunity for RBS to listen, learn and act on the feedback of stakeholders.

Informal Complaints Procedure

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your dealings with RBS and wish to make a complaint, please follow the procedure below:

  • You should try to resolve the matter informally in the first instance.  Dissatisfaction often arises from misunderstanding, which is why the best starting point is with the person whose actions are the cause for dissatisfaction, or with the manager of the office responsible for the provision of the service or implementation of the policy.
  • Once it is clear that it cannot be resolved by informal means, a formal complaint should be made as soon as possible.  It is much more likely that the matter will be resolved to your satisfaction if it is raised at an early stage.

Formal Complaints Procedure

Stage 1

Please put your complaint in writing together with all relevant documentation and any documentary evidence supporting the complaint. The grounds for the complaint must be clearly defined.  Please send your complaint to:

Operations Manager
Reed Business School
The Manor
Little Compton
Nr Moreton in Marsh
Glos., GL56 ORZ

You will need to provide:

  • your name
  • a contact address, telephone and email address
  • programme of study
  • the date on which the problem arose
  • any supporting evidence

Your complaint can also be emailed (in addition to writing) to rbs.reed@reedbusinessschool.co.uk and in the subject heading write “FAO Operations Manager – Complaint”

The Operations Manager will acknowledge the complaint within 5 working days of receipt and will let you know who will be dealing with the complaint. 

In the event that the complaint is about the Operations Manager, please send this for the attention of the Professional Education Manager. 

Stage 2

  • Our nominated person who will be dealing with the complaint will contact you within 2 weeks of the referral and indicate what action they plan to take and the date by which they expect the investigation to be complete. If the investigation cannot be completed by the expected date, you will be advised about the delay
  • The nominated person dealing with the complaint will respond in writing by the date agreed above to the complainant when any investigation is complete with details of the findings and, if the complaint is upheld, indicate what the outcome will be

Stage 3

If the “customer” (Employer/Apprentice/Learner/Student) is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation or the proposed remedial action, this can be escalated to the Board of Trustees. Please address the letter to:

Board of Trustees

c/o Reed Business School
Reed Business School
The Manor
Little Compton
Nr Moreton in Marsh
Glos., GL56 ORZ

Once a full investigation has been completed, a member of the Trustees will respond in writing confirming their findings within 2 weeks.

Stage 4 (Apprentice Employers and Apprentices)

If you’re unhappy with the outcome

You can contact the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) if you’re unhappy with how your complaint was handled.

The ESFA does not deal with complaints about employment issues (for example, a problem with your contract if you’re working as an apprentice).

You must contact the ESFA within 12 months after the issue happened.

  1. Any complaint, concerns or enquiries regarding the apprenticeship may be escalated to the ESFA via the ESFA Apprenticeship Service Support (E) helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk (T) 08000 150 600.

Further information on the ESFA complaints policy is available here: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/education-and-skills-funding-agency/about/complaints-procedure

The ESFA will reply to let you know what will happen next.

If you’re unhappy with the ESFA response

You can contact the Department for Education if you’re unhappy with how the ESFA has dealt with your complaint.

All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence.