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School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013

Section 40 - Restriction on establishment, alteration and discontinuance of maintained schools

55.This section requires that the opening or closing of a maintained school, or the making of a significant alteration (known as a ‘regulated alteration’) be done in accordance with the processes set out in this Part – except where the Welsh Ministers are using their power of intervention to direct that a school be closed  under section 16. The regulated alterations are set out in Schedule 2. Subsection (2) of section 40 prohibits the establishment of a new foundation or foundation special school in Wales. Subsection (5) prohibits any alteration to a maintained school that changes its religious character or causes it to acquire or lose a religious character.

56.Similar provision was made in sections 28(11) and 33 of the 1998 Act.

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