Statutory guidance

School organisation: local-authority-maintained schools

Statutory guidance about making organisation changes to local-authority-maintained schools, including school closure.



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:

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
Last updated 8 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Updated page to explain that we are currently reviewing our guidance to local-authority-maintained schools. We will update it shortly.
  3. First published.