16Consultation in relation to proposals under section 15E+W
(1)Before publishing any proposals under section 15 which relate to a school which is a rural primary school or a community or foundation special school, the relevant body must consult—
(a)the registered parents of registered pupils at the school,
(b)in the case of the rural primary school—
(i)the local education authority (where they are not the relevant body),
(ii)where the local education authority are a county council, any district council for the area in which the school is situated, and
(iii)any parish council for the area in which the school is situated,
(c)in the case of a community or foundation special school, any local education authority which maintain a statement under section 324 of EA 1996 (statement of special educational needs) in respect of a registered pupil at the school, and
(d)such other persons as appear to the relevant body to be appropriate.
(2)Before publishing any other proposals under section 15, the relevant body must consult such persons as appear to them to be appropriate.
(3)In discharging their duty under subsection (1) or (2) the relevant body must have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.
(4)In this section “the relevant body” and “rural primary school” have the same meaning as in section 15.