I can confirm that the Department has not received a request from Gloucestershire county council to extend the period of consultation on its proposed closure of the Vale of Berkeley college. The statutory process for the proposed closure of a school is a matter for the local authority. A five stage statutory process must be followed for school closures, with each stage informing the next.
I can confirm that no discussions took place between the Department and Gloucestershire county council on the format of the council's consultation which proposes to close the Vale of Berkeley college. School closure is, and remains, a matter for a local authority. A five stage statutory process must be followed for school closures, with each stage informing the next.
Gloucestershire county council submitted its draft implementation plan in response to Graham Badman's review of national challenge progress in Gloucestershire on the 11 November 2009. The plan stated that Gloucestershire county council accepted Graham Badman's recommendation to close Vale of Berkeley college from September 2010, subject to statutory proposals and consultation.