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Self-Governing Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 1989

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30 Change in characteristics of self-governing school.S

(1)Where the board of management of a self-governing school after the appropriate consultation decide, by a resolution passed at a meeting of the board held, subject to subsection (2) below, not less than five years after the incorporation date, to seek a change in the characteristics of the school, other than

[F1(a)]an increase in the range of provisions which the school has for pupils with special educational needs [F2; or

(b)provision of a nursery class,]

the board shall secure that a ballot of parents on the question of whether the change should be made is held in accordance with this section.

(2)With the prior written consent of the Secretary of State a motion for such a resolution as is mentioned in subsection (1) above may be determined at a meeting of the board of management held at a date earlier than subsection (1) above would require.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1) above, the appropriate consultation is consultation with the education authority and, where the school is, or the change sought would result in its becoming, a denominational school, with the church or denominational body in whose interest the school is, or as the case may be would be, managed.

(4)Schedule 7 to this Act, which makes provision as regards the arrangements to be made for holding the ballot, shall have effect.

(5)The result of the ballot shall forthwith be intimated to the Secretary of State by the board of management.

(6)A fresh ballot required by a notice under section 15(1) of this Act shall be held in accordance with such conditions, and before such date, as may be specified in the notice.

(7)Where the result of the ballot shows a majority of votes cast in the ballot in favour of the change sought, the board shall, before the end of the period of one month beginning with the date on which the result of the ballot is determined or of such longer period as the Secretary of State may permit—

(a)publish proposals for the change in such manner as may be prescribed by regulations;

(b)submit to the Secretary of State and to the education authority a copy of the published proposals; and

(c)where the school is, or the change sought would result in its becoming, a denominational school, submit such a copy to the church or denominational body in whose interest the school is, or as the case may be would be, managed.

(8)Before the expiry of the period of three months beginning with the date of publication of the proposals any person may submit representations to the Secretary of State as regards the proposals.

(9)The proposals shall require the approval of the Secretary of State; and he may, after the expiry of the period mentioned in subsection (8) above, after considering any relevant representations made under that subsection, after having regard to any representations from the education authority as to the probable effect of the proposed change on the fulfilment by them of their duty under section 1 of the 1980 Act (duty to secure that there be made for their area adequate and efficient provision of school education) and after taking into account such other matters as he considers appropriate including, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the percentage that the total votes cast in the ballot which occasioned publication of the proposals constituted of the total number of persons eligible to vote in the ballot and the percentage that the votes so cast which were in favour of the change sought constituted of those total votes—

(a)reject the proposals, having first consulted the board as regards the possible such rejection; or

(b)approve them without modification or, after consultation with the board and the education authority, with such modifications as he thinks desirable.

(10)Where the Secretary of State approves the proposals (whether or not with modifications) he shall, under section 2(2) of this Act, vary the scheme of government of the school to give effect to the change.

(11)Subject to subsection (12) below, neither the board nor any other person shall do or undertake anything for which proposals are required to be published and submitted in accordance with this section until such proposals have been duly approved by the Secretary of State.

(12)The Secretary of State may, pending compliance with any of the requirements of subsections (1) to (10) above, allow such steps to be taken by the board as he considers reasonable in the circumstances of any case.

(13)In subsection (1) above, the reference to characteristics of the school is to the matters stated and specified in the description of the school required by section 16(4) of this Act or, where there has been a change in accordance with this section as regards the school, those matters as so changed.

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F1Word in s. 30(1) inserted (18.9.1996) by 1996 c. 43, s. 36, Sch. 5 para. 5(a); S.I. 1996/2250, art.2

F2S. 30(1)(b) and the word “or” preceding it inserted (18.9.1996) by 1996 c. 43, s. 36, Sch. 5 para. 5(b); S.I. 1996/2250, art.2

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