Schools: Split Sites

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd May 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 7 February (WA 57), whether it is possible to have a split site of a single school in an adjacent town, bordering county or different area of the country, so long as the original name and single admissions criteria are retained.

To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 30 April (WA 427), whether "more than one site" means that the school's split site can be anywhere.

To ask her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 30 April (WA 427), whether "a continuance of the original school" means that the same name and admissions criteria are retained in the split site, with the same governing body overseeing the whole enterprise, or whether it means that the organisation is developed by retaining the same core mission, admissions policies and school naming convention, but within an umbrella organisation; and, if the latter, whether the original school could become an umbrella organisation with a number of satellites operating with the same basic structures and philosophy but with individual governing bodies reporting to the over-arching governing body.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Any state-funded school can seek to operate on additional sites, and many have done so with great success for many years. As previous answers have indicated, current legislation prohibits the introduction of a new wholly selective maintained school or Academy, so any proposal must comply with the law. In considering whether to approve any proposal, the local authority, or the Secretary of State in the case of Academy expansion, will have to be satisfied that the proposed expansion onto another site is a continuance of the original school.

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