School organisation: local-authority-maintained schools
Statutory guidance about making organisation changes to local-authority-maintained schools, including school closure.
Ref: DFE-00104-2016 PDF, 801KB, 50 pages
Ref: DFE-00105-2016 PDF, 477KB, 25 pages
Ref: DFE-00106-2016 PDF, 522KB, 28 pages
These documents are for:
- governing bodies
- local authorities
- decision makers
They describe opening, closing, or making school organisation changes to local-authority-maintained schools.
They set out how you can make those changes, and the areas where you must follow a statutory process.
This guidance is based on:
- The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013
- The School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013
Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
Published: 28 January 2014
Updated: 8 April 2016
- We have comprehensively reviewed and updated all 3 documents. The changes include corrections to discrepancies in the guidance on making ‘prescribed alterations’ to local-authority-maintained schools.
- Updated page to explain that we are currently reviewing our guidance to local-authority-maintained schools. We will update it shortly.
- First published.