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National Curriculum

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many appeals, by local education authority areas, have been made by parents to date about failures to deliver the national curriculum in schools. [32045]

Mr. Paice: To date, the Department has collected information on formal complaints about failure to comply with the national curriculum for the school years 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 in the case of local education authority-maintained schools, and 1993-94 in the case of both LEA-maintained and grant-maintained schools. The numbers, where supplied, are as follows. There were nil returns for 75 LEAs across all years. The data do not distinguish parents from other complainants.

1989-901990-911991-921993-94
Avon------6
Bedfordshire----1--
Berkshire----22
Birmingham(12)----(12)--1
Bradford------10
Bromley------1
Buckinghamshire(12)------1
Camden------1
Cheshire----1--
Derbyshire----1--
Devon----1--
Dudley------1
East Sussex----21
Essex------3
Greenwich-2--1
Hereford and Worcester------3
Kensington and Chelsea(12)------1
Kent------3
Lancashire--(12)--1--
Leicestershire------1
Lewisham------1
Northamptonshire------1
North Tyneside------1
North Yorkshire2----1
Nottinghamshire------1
St. Helens--1----
Sheffield----1--
Shropshire------1
Somerset------1
Staffordshire1------
Surrey------2
Walsall------1
Warwickshire3------
Wiltshire--2----

(12) No response received from the LEA that year.


Correspondence

Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when she will respond to the letters on training of 6 March and 10 May from the hon. Member for Normanton. [32263]

Mr. Robin Squire: We do not appear to have received the letters on training of 6 March or of 10 May. However, if the hon. Member will send me copies of the letters, I shall ensure that they are answered.

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Civil Servants (Duties Abroad)

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much her Department spent during the financial years 1994-95 and 1995-96 on sending civil servants accompanying Ministers from her Department on official duties abroad. [32414]

Mr. Robin Squire: The information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

School Places

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many appeals were made by parents on the ground of non-admission of their child to the school of their choice in the latest year for which figures are available (a) in each local education authority and (b) nationally. [31960]

Mrs. Gillan: The information requested is shown in the table:

Appeals lodged by parents against non-admission of their children to maintained, including grant-maintained, primary and secondary schools in each local education authority area in England
Academic Year 1993-95

Local education authority areaTotal appeals lodged
Corporation of London1
Camden394
Greenwich507
Hackney261
Hammersmith and Fulham(13)56
Islington182
Kensington and Chelsea63
Lambeth395
Lewisham685
Southwark256
Tower Hamlets(13)525
Wandsworth207
Westminster223
Barking and Dagenham259
Barnet694
Bexley443
Brent90
Bromley(13)806
Croydon883
Ealing413
Enfield631
Haringey389
Harrow632
Havering518
Hillingdon381
Hounslow412
Kingston upon Thames299
Merton236
Newham176
Redbridge494
Richmond upon Thames171
Sutton625
Waltham Forest782
Birmingham2,261
Coventry468
Dudley185
Sandwell178
Solihull388
Walsall62
Wolverhampton160
Knowsley21
Liverpool858
St. Helens98
Sefton185
Wirral445
Bolton225
Bury674
Manchester872
Oldham268
Rochdale158
Salford101
Stockport123
Tameside245
Trafford414
Wigan173
Barnsley114
Doncaster44
Rotherham80
Sheffield295
Bradford1,739
Calderdale152
Kirklees(13)122
Leeds2,925
Wakefield93
Gateshead77
Newcastle-upon-Tyne207
North Tyneside(13)12
South Tyneside62
Sunderland154
Isles of Scilly0
Avon1,365
Bedfordshire184
Berkshire792
Buckinghamshire601
Cambridge278
Cheshire136
Cleveland103
Cornwall98
Cumbria128
Derbyshire280
Devon460
Dorset398
Durham(13)310
East Sussex274
Essex434
Gloucestershire338
Hampshire(13)188
Hereford and Worcester260
Hertfordshire1,156
Humberside575
Isle of Wight36
Kent(13)1,879
Lancashire2,610
Leicestershire295
Lincolnshire326
Norfolk322
North Yorkshire509
Northamptonshire344
Northumberland12
Nottinghamshire(13)297
Oxfordshire343
Shropshire447
Somerset323
Staffordshire185
Suffolk81
Surrey1,182
Warwickshire339
West Sussex231
Wiltshire84
England45,876

(13) LEAs which did not submit a complete return.


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Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many letters she has received in the past year from parents failing to obtain a place for their child in the school of their choice; what were the figures in each of the last five years; and what advice she offers such parents. [31916]

Mrs. Gillan: The Department receives many inquiries from parents about school admissions, both in writing and by telephone. No central register of such inquiries is kept. Parents who have failed to secure a place for their child in the school of their choice are advised of their statutory right to an independent appeal.

Schools (Selection)

Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list those (a) grant-maintained, (b) voluntary-aided and (c) other schools, which have had a significant change of character approved since 1989 to become (i) wholly or (ii) partially selective, stating in each case the extent of selection approved. [31914]

Mrs. Gillan: The following list shows the schools that have had statutory proposals approved since 1989 to become wholly or partially selective, stating the extent of selection approved.

Schools approved to become wholly selective

LEA areaSchool nameSelection
Grant maintained
CumbriaQueen Elizabeth grammar school100 per cent.
BarnetQueen Elizabeth boys' school100 per cent. including 10 per cent. by aptitude for music
KentChaucer technology school100 per cent. by aptitude for technology
Voluntary aided
LiverpoolThe Blue Coat school100 per cent.
County
WandsworthBattersea technology college100 per cent. by ability in technology

Schools approved to become partially selective

LEA areaSchool nameSelection
Grant maintained
BarnetMill Hill County high school30 per cent. by aptitude for technology
BerkshireSouthlands schoolOne selective form of entry (18 per cent.)
DorsetBudmouth GM school10 per cent. selection by ability
Hammersmith and FulhamLondon Oratory school20 boys at age seven on musical and general ability
HertfordshireWatford grammar school for girls50 per cent. selection by ability
HertfordshireWatford grammar school for boys50 per cent. selection by ability
HertfordshireParmiters school50 per cent. selection by ability
HertfordshireRickmansworth school50 per cent. selection by ability
KentHomewood school20 per cent. selection by ability
KingstonHoly Cross school15 per cent. selection by ability
LambethArchbishop Tenison's
GM school banding including 40 per
LambethSt. Martin in the Fields cent. above average ability
high school
WandsworthGraveney GM school50 per cent. selection by ability
WandsworthBurntwood school50 per cent. selection by ability
County
WandsworthThe Ernest Bevin school50 per cent selection by ability
WandsworthChestnut Grove school30 pupils by ability in languages and30 by ability in arts (38 per cent)

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Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list, by local education authority, those schools which select more than 10 per cent. of their pupils, stating in each case (a) the percentage of intake selected, (b) the selection criteria and (c) whether the school is a county, voluntary-aided, voluntary-controlled, special agreement or grant-maintained school. [31913]

Mrs. Gillan: The information provided in the table covers only those schools which classified themselves as selective in the 1995 performance tables. The Department does not hold comprehensive information on partially selective schools. Most selective schools allocate places on the basis of performance in tests.

LEASchoolStatus
BarnetQueen Elizabeth's boys' schoolGM
BarnetSt. Michael's Catholic grammar schoolGM
BerkshireHerschel grammar schoolGM
BerkshireKendrick Girl's grammar schoolCounty
BerkshireLangley grammar schoolGM
BerkshireReading schoolGM
BerkshireSlough grammar schoolGM
BexleyBexley grammar schoolCounty
BexleyBexley-Erith technical high school for boysGM
BexleyChislehurst and Sidcup grammar schoolCounty
BexleyTownley road grammar school for girlsCounty
BirminghamBishop Vesey's grammar schoolVA
BirminghamHandsworth grammar schoolCounty
BirminghamKing Edward VI Aston schoolGM
BirminghamKing Edward VI Camp Hill girls' schoolGM
BirminghamKing Edeward VI Camp Hill school boysGM
BirminghamKing Edward VI Five Ways schoolGM
BirminghamKing Edward VI Handsworth schoolGM
BirminghamSutton Coldfield girl's schoolCounty
BristolCotham grammar schoolCounty
BristolFairfield grammar schoolCounty
BromleyNewstead Wood school for girlsGM
BromleySt. Olave's and St. Saviour's grammar schoolGM
BuckinghamshireAylesbury grammar schoolVC
BuckinghamshireAylesbury high schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireBeaconsfield high schoolGM
BuckinghamshireBurnham grammar schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireChesham high schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireDr. Challoner's grammar schoolVC
BuckinghamshireDr. Challoner's high schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireJohn Hampden grammar schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireSir Henry Floyd grammar schoolCounty
BuckinghamshireSir William Borlase's grammar schoolVC
BuckinghamshireThe Royal Latin schoolVC
BuckinghamshireWycombe high schoolVC
CalderdaleCrossley Heath schoolGM
CalderdaleThe North Halifax grammar schoolGM
CambridgeshireThe King's schoolGM
CumbriaSt. Bernard's convent schoolCOUNTY
DevonChurston grammar schoolCOUNTY
DevonColyton grammar schoolGM
DevonDevonport high school for boysCOUNTY
DevonDevonport high school for girlsCOUNTY
DevonPlymouth high school for girlsCOUNTY
DevonTorquay boys' grammar schoolGM
DevonTorquay grammar school for girlsCOUNTY
DorsetBournemouth schoolGM
DorsetBournemouth school for girls (GM)GM
DorsetBudmouth technology collegeGM
DorsetParkstone grammar schools (girls)GM
DorsetPoole grammar schoolGM
EnfieldThe Latymer schoolGM
EssexChelmsford county high school for girlsGM
EssexColchester county high school for girlsGM
EssexColchester royal grammar schoolGM
EssexKing Edward VI grammar schoolGM
EssexRoyal grammar schoolGM
EssexSouthend high school for boysGM
EssexSouthend high school for girlsGM
EssexWestcliff high school for boysGM
EssexWestcliff high school for girlsGM
GloucestershireDenmark road high school for girlsCOUNTY
GloucestershireMarling schoolGM
GloucestershirePate's grammar schoolGM
GloucestershireRibston Hall high schoolGM
GloucestershireSir Thomas Rich's schoolCounty
GloucestershireStroud high schoolGM
GloucestershireThe Crypt schoolGM
HertfordshireThe Henrietta Barnett schoolCounty
KentBarton Court grammar schoolGM
KentBordon grammar schoolVC
KentChatham boy's grammar schoolCounty
KentChatham girls' grammar schoolGM
KentChatham House grammar school for boysGM
KentClaredon House girls' grammar schoolCounty
KentCranbrook schoolGM
KentDane Court grammar schoolGM
KentDartford grammar schoolGM
KentDartford grammar school for girlsGM
KentDover grammar school for boysGM
KentDover grammar school for girlsCounty
KentFort Pitt grammar schoolCounty
KentGravesend grammar school for boysGM
KentGravesend grammar school for girlsGM
KentHighsted schoolCounty
KentHighworth grammar school for girlsCounty
KentInvicta grammar school for girlsCounty
KentMaidstone grammar schoolVC
KentMaidstone grammar school for girlsVC
KentOakwood Park grammar schoolGM
KentRainham Mark grammar schoolGM
KentSimon Langton girls' schoolVC
KentSimon Langton grammar school for boysGM
KentSir Joseph Williamson's mathematical schoolVC
KentThe Folkestone school for girlsGM
KentThe grammar school for girls, WilmingtonGM
KentThe Harvey grammar schoolCounty
KentThe Judd schoolVA
KentThe Norton Knatchbull schoolCounty
KentThe Rochester girls' grammar schoolGM
KentThe Skinners' schoolGM
KentTonbridge grammar school for girlsGM
KentTunbridge Wells girls' grammar schoolCounty
KentTunbridge Wells grammar school for boysCounty
KentWeald of Kent grammar schoolCounty
KentWilmington grammar school for boysGM
KingstonThe Tiffin girls' schoolCounty
KingstonTiffin schoolGM
KirkleesHeckmondwike grammar schoolGM
LancashireBacup and Rawtenstall grammar schoolGM
LancashireClitheroe Royal grammar schoolGM
LancashireLancaster Girls' grammar schoolGM
LancashireLancaster Royal grammar schoolGM
LincolnshireBoston grammar school (boys)GM
LincolnshireBoston high school for girlsCounty
LincolnshireBourne grammar schoolCounty
LincolnshireCaistor grammar schoolGM
LincolnshireCarre's grammar schoolGM
LincolnshireKesteven and Grantham girls' schoolCounty
LincolnshireKesteven and Sleaford high schoolCounty
LincolnshireKing Edward VI schoolGM
LincolnshireQueen Elizabeth's GM grammar school (Gainsborough)GM
LincolnshireQueen Elizabeth's GM grammar school (Alford)GM
LincolnshireQueen Elizabeth's grammar school (Horncastle)GM
LincolnshireQueen Elizabeth's high schoolCounty
LincolnshireSkegness grammar schoolGM
LincolnshireSpalding grammar schoolCounty
LincolnshireSpalding high schoolCounty
North YorkshireErmysted's grammar schoolCounty
North YorkshireRipon grammar schoolCounty
North YorkshireSkipton girls' high schoolVC
RedbridgeIlford county high schoolCounty
RedbridgeWoodford county high schoolCounty
ShropshireAdams' grammar schoolGM
ShropshireNewport girls' high schoolCounty
ShropshireSir Roger Manwood's schoolGM
SomersetBrymore schoolGM
SuttonNonsuch high school for girlsGM
SuttonSutton grammar school for boysGM
SuttonWallington boys county grammar schoolGM
SuttonWallington high school for girlsGM
SuttonWilson's schoolGM
TraffordAltrincham boys' GM schoolGM
TraffordAltrincham grammar school for girlsCounty
TraffordSale grammar schoolCounty
TraffordStretford grammar schoolCounty
TraffordUrmston grammar schoolCounty
WalsallQueen Mary's grammar schoolGM
WalsallQueen Mary's high schoolGM
WarwickshireAlcester grammar schoolGM
WarwickshireKing Edward VI grammar schoolVA
WarwickshireLawrence Sheriff schoolVA
WarwickshireRugby High school for girlsGM
WarwickshireStratford grammar school for girlsCounty
WiltshireBishop Wordsworth's grammar schoolGM
WiltshireSouth Wiltshire grammar school for girlsGM
WirralCalday Grange grammar schoolGM
WirralSt. Anselm's collegeGM
WirralUpton Hall convent schoolGM
WirralWest Kirby grammar school for girlsCounty
WirralWirral county grammar school (girls)County
WirralWirral grammar school for boysGM
WolverhamptonWolverhampton girls' high schoolGM

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Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list those grant-maintained schools which have received approval since 1989 for a change in their admissions arrangements to allow a level of partial selection which does not constitute a change of character stating, in each case, the nature of the change. [32002]

Mrs. Gillan: The table lists those grant-maintained schools that currently select up to 10 per cent. of their pupils on the basis of aptitude or ability in a particular subject or combination of subjects, following approval by the Secretary of State.

SchoolLEA areaNature of changeDate approved
Abbs Cross schoolHavering10 per cent. musicJune 1993
Beaverwood girls schoolBromley10 per cent. performing arts (music and dance)August 1994
Beverley schoolKingston upon Thames10 per cent. art or musicOctober 1994
Bishop's Stortford schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. music, sport or dramaOctober 1993
Canterbury high schoolKent10 per cent. musicApril 1993
Cardinal Vaughan memorial schoolKensington and Chelsea10 per cent. musicAugust 1994
Chancellors schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. music, drama or sportDecember 1993
Charles Dickens high schoolKent10 per cent. musicFebruary 1993
Chatham grammar school for girlsKent10 per cent. music, sport or dramaAugust 1995
Cliff Park high schoolNorfolk10 per cent. musicOctober 1994
Cooper's schoolBromley10 per cent. music, drama, dance or sportJune 1993
Crofton school HampshireFive places musicOctober 1994
Dame Alice Owen schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. music or sportApril 1993
Dane Court grammar schoolKent10 per cent. music, sport, drama or any unusual talentMarch 1994
Deacons schoolCambridgeshire10 per cent. technologyAugust 1994
Dunraven schoolLambeth10 per cent. musicOctober 1993
Enfield grammar schoolEnfield10 per cent. music or sportDecember 1993
Goffs schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. music, drama, sport of languagesOctober 1995
Heathside schoolSurrey10 per cent. Music or SportJuly 1993
Hendon schoolBarnet10 per cent. MusicNovember 1995
Hertfordshire and Essex high schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. Music, Sport or DramaMarch 1994
Hinchley Wood schoolSurrey10 per cent. MusicJuly 1995
Kemnal Manor schoolBromley10 per cent. TechnologyFebruary 1994
King Edward VI grammar schoolEssexThree places for ChoristersJune 1993
Kings' schoolCambridgeshire10 per cent. Music and ChoristersOctober 1993
La Retraite schoolLambeth10 per cent. MusicSeptember 1993
La Sainte Union convent schoolCamden10 per cent. MusicSeptember 1995
Langley Park school for boysKent10 per cent. Music or SportSeptember 1993
Leventhorpe schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. MusicOctober 1995
Lincoln Christ's hospital schoolLincolnshire10 per cent. MusicOctober 1994
Mill Hill county schoolBarnet10 per cent. MusicOctober 1993
Queen's schoolHertfordshire10 per cent. Music, Art or SportMarch 1993
Rainham Mark grammar schoolKent10 per cent. Music, Sport, Drama or any unusual talentFebruary 1992
Rainsford high schoolEssex10 per cent. Music or DramaMarch 1994
Robert Naipier schoolKent10 per cent. Music, Sport, Drama or any unusual talentFebruary 1992
St. George's CE schoolKent10 per cent. MusicJuly 1995
Thamesmead schoolSurrey10 per cent. MusicOctober 1994
Ursuline convent schoolEssex10 per cent. MusicDecember 1993
Westland high schoolKent10 per cent. MusicJanuary 1993
Winston Churchill schoolSurrey6 per cent. MusicOctober 1995
Wymondham collegeNorfolk10 per cent. MusicMarch 1995

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