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The Change of Category of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2001

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8.—(1) Proposals published under paragraph 2 or 3 of Schedule 8 require approval under this paragraph.

(2) Where any proposals require approval under this paragraph, the National Assembly for Wales may—

(a)reject the proposals,

(b)approve them without modification, or

(c)approve them with such modifications as it thinks desirable after consulting the local education authority and the governing body.

(3) Any approval given under this paragraph may be expressed to take effect only if—

(a)a scheme relating to any charity connected with the school is made by a date specified in the approval,

(b)the National Assembly for Wales gives notice under regulation 6(1) of the Education (Foundation Body) (Wales) Regulations 2001 (that a foundation body shall become operative and that a school shall form part of a group for which the foundation body shall act) by a date specified in the approval,

(c)the National Assembly for Wales makes a declaration under regulation 21(3) of those Regulations (that the school shall form part of a group for which a foundation body acts) by a date specified in the approval,

(d)the National Assembly for Wales makes a declaration under regulation 22(1) of those Regulations (that the school shall leave a group for which a foundation body acts) by a date specified in the approval.

(4) When deciding whether or not to give any approval under this paragraph the National Assembly for Wales shall have regard to the school organisation plan for the area in which the school is situated.

(5) Sub-paragraph (1) does not prevent the governing body or local education authority by whom any proposals have been published under paragraph 2 of Schedule 8 from withdrawing such proposals by notice in writing given to the National Assembly for Wales at any time before the proposals are approved under this paragraph.

(6) Sub-paragraph (1) does not prevent the governing body by whom proposals have been published under paragraph 3 of Schedule 8 from withdrawing such proposals with the consent (in writing) of the National Assembly for Wales at any time before the proposals are approved under this paragraph.

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