The review process
Closure of schools and the school organisation and governance regulations
There is a defined statutory process in the School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 which must be followed before making a decision on the closure of a maintained school. This is supplemented by further guidance on the process published by the Department for Education.
There are 5 stages to the statutory process which must be followed:
The issue of a consultation booklet marks a period of consultation during which the views of any interested parties are sought and which will be considered before any move to the more formal stages of the process.
Dependent upon the outcome of the consultation, a decision to proceed to issue a statutory notice must be made by the cabinet member for children and schools.
Statutory notices for school closure define a minimum 4 week period for anyone to submit their written comments on the proposals. This enables people to express their views in the form of supporting or objecting to the proposals.
Within 2 months after the statutory notice period ends, the authority must make a decision on the proposal.
If the proposal is approved, the school will close with effect from the date stated in the proposal.