The proposals are not formed or determined by any one person, rather they are investigated by multiple departments within the Council and subject to Cabinet scrutiny. The proposals are based on multiple factors; such as suitability of educational facilities, trends in admissions to particular schools, building condition surveys, population trends, legislative changes, and financial viability. Multiple options are considered from examining the collected data and a preferred proposal is then submitted to Cabinet, along with alternatives, for approval to consultation stage. The school and other relevant stakeholders are also engaged at pre-consultation stage to understand the practicalities of the current situation and how education may be affected by the proposed options. This means the proposals are based on best available robust evidence, the needs of the school, and the considerations of multiple Council departments before they are then opened to public feedback.