This is to alert Headteachers and administrators that Electoral Services are in the process of contacting all schools shortly to confirm the arrangements and the facilities required.
Under current legislation, Returning Officers (ROs) have the right to select schools as venues for polling stations. If there is an area which can be used, with a separate entrance and isolated from the rest of the school, the school can continue to operate.
If not, the school must close on the day of the poll.
Schools which need to close as a result of being used as polling stations can move to alternative accommodation or make up the lost day by other means. The lost day could be made up at the beginning or end of a term, or a training day could be arranged on
the day of the poll, if the head teacher or governors so wish.
There are currently no plans to change or amend this legislation, which is found in:
The Representation of the People Act, 1983, Chapter 2, Schedule 1, Part III, paragraph 22.
This paragraph effectively renders all mainstream schools liable for use by the RO of the local authority irrespective of how they were procured. This includes:
- City Technology Colleges
- Community schools
- Foundation schools
- LA Nursery schools
- Voluntary Aided schools
- Voluntary Controlled schools
Please contact Linda Ambler for further information on (01274) 432288