I have just read a report and the following phrasing is giving me difficulty.
The School are experiencing water penetration problems...
I feel as though it should be 'is' but I can also see why 'are' could be considered to be correct. In the report it is referring to the people who make up the school rather than the building/organisation itself.
Is my thinking correct and are there specific rules governing this scenario?
With respect to Robusto and FumbleFingers the "are" is really incorrect English here.
The School are experiencing water penetration problems... - Whether a noun or a collective noun you still can't make this word plural. However, there could be an issue at why it is capitalized? Even if School stands for a collective noun for fish (some academics argue that 'School' is incorrect, and that Shoal should generally be used instead) it should still take a singular verb.
If we are talking about the building where you study the correct should either be:
The schools are experiencing water penetration problems...
The school is experiencing water penetration problems...