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Standard Spending Assessments

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the 10 lowest education SSAs are per (a) primary and (b) secondary pupil for English education authorities in 2001–02. [37772]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is in the following table. The variations in SSA per pupil have two main causes: authorities in London and the South East receive an area cost adjustment, to compensate for the higher costs they face; and authorities receive funding according to their level of deprivation.

The Government acknowledge that there are disparities in SSA per pupil, which are not justified by the education needs of children. We are working up proposals, in partnership with local government and other education interests, for the introduction of a new funding system in 2003–04.

Primary aged 5–10
334 Solihull2,340
356 Stockport2,340
802 North Somerset2,340
872 Wokingham2,340
836 Poole2,330
860 Staffordshire2,330
877 Warrington2,330
800 Bath and North East Somerset2,320
855 Leicestershire2,290
803 South Gloucestershire2,270
Secondary aged 11–15
875 Cheshire3,010
885 Worcestershire3,010
860 Staffordshire3,000
877 Warrington3,000
836 Poole2,990
334 Solihull2,980
855 Leicestershire 2,960
803 South Gloucestershire 2,940
800 Bath and North East Somerset 2,930
857 Rutland2,910


All figures are rounded to the nearest £10.

AS-level Courses

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding arrangements are proposed for pupils taking AS-level courses before age 16; and what the implications will be for the budgets of (a) the local learning and skills councils and (b) the LEAs respectively. [37955]

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Mr. Timms: Funding for pupils of compulsory school age who are not in a sixth form but are taking an AS-level a year or more early continues to be the responsibility of the LEA. In developing future funding arrangements we will take into account responses to the recent Green Paper "14–19—extending opportunities, raising standards".

Playing Fields

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list applications made to her Department in the last three years for consent to allow development on school playing fields giving in each case (a) the outcome of the application, (b) what steps were taken to ascertain whether adequate sports facilities would remain if permission were granted and (c) where consent was given, what assurances were secured as to how proceeds of sale would be used. [33633]

Mr. Timms [pursuant to his reply, 25 February 2002, c. 730–34W]: A column was omitted from the table. The corrected table follows.

Although the Department does not collect information in the form requested, the following table lists applications to dispose of areas equal to, or larger than, a sports pitch, together with their outcome.

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Before October 1998, there was nothing to prevent a local authority selling a school playing field if it wanted to. Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 was introduced in October 1998 to stop the indiscriminate sale of school playing fields. Local authorities and governing bodies of all maintained schools are now required to obtain the Secretary of State's consent before disposing of playing fields or any part of a playing field.

Applications to dispose, or change the use, of school playing fields are assessed against the following criteria:

Only those applications that meet the criteria are approved. Since July 2001, all applications have been scrutinised by the independent School Playing Fields Advisory Panel to make sure that they conform to the published criteria. The Panel comprises representatives from the National Playing Fields Association, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, the education organisation Learning through Landscapes, the National Association of Head Teachers and the Local Government Association.

Applications to dispose of school sports pitches that have been determined by the Secretary of State

LEA School name Date appliedResult of application
BarnetAshmole15 December 1998Approved
BedfordshireSilver Jubilee Middle30 April 1999Approved
BedfordshireAshton St. Peter VA29 September 2000Approved
BirminghamBroadway11 June 2001Approved
BlackpoolCollegiate High13 December 1999Approved
BoltonSt. James's CE24 July 1998Approved
BristolMonks Park Secondary28 October 1998Approved
BuckinghamshireBellfield First and Middle22 February 1999Approved
BuckinghamshireTerriers County First10 May 1999Approved
BuckinghamshireDownley Middle12 January 2000Approved
BuckinghamshireHeights First12 January 2000Approved
CalderdaleBrooksbank1 July 1998Approved
CheshireSt. James CE Junior30 November 1998Approved
CheshireColshaw CP30 June 1999Approved
CheshireWestlands High17 November 1999Approved
CheshireManor Park Infant27 November 2000Approved
CheshireBrookside County Infant5 February 2001Approved
CroydonHaling Manor High4 January 1999Approved
DerbyshireNoel Baker Community2 November 1998Approved
DerbyshireWestern Mere2 February 1999Approved
DerbyshirePingle26 July 2000Approved
DevonHighweek Primary17 August 1999Approved
DorsetFosters7 December 1998Approved
DudleyColley Lane Primary11 October 2001Approved
DudleySummerhill Secondary11 October 2001Approved
DurhamThe Avenue Comprehensive19 May 1999Approved
DurhamWestwood Primary31 July 2000Approved
EssexThe Stanway17 November 1998Approved
Essex Moulsham High18 January 1999Approved
EssexOakview Special10 April 2000Approved
EssexTabor High29 January 2001Approved
GloucestershireChurchdown3 December 1997Approved
GloucestershireThe Catholic School of St. Gregory the Great26 July 1999Approved
GloucestershireOxstalls Community25 November 1999Approved
HaltonAshley Special6 November 1998Approved
Hammersmith and FulhamGibbs Green Special8 March 1999Approved
Hammersmith and FulhamBurlington Danes16 March 1999Approved
HaveringFrances Bardsley School for Girls13 August 1999Approved
KentSt. Thomas' Special12 May 1999Approved
KentSt. Simon Stock13 December 1999Approved
KentAllhallows Primary12 July 2001Approved
KnowsleySylvester12 August 1999Approved
LancashireSt. Richards RC High15 December 1998Approved
LancashireSt. Thomas Acquinas RC High5 February 1999Approved
LancashireBaines High15 November 2000Approved
Leeds Lawnswood21 November 2000Approved
LeedsOakwood Primary21 November 2000Approved
Leeds Roundhay21 November 2000Approved
LeedsWetherby High19 September 2001Approved
LiverpoolChildwall Comprehensive9 April 2001Approved
Milton KeynesDenbigh16 November 1998Approved
Milton KeynesCastles First6 August 1999Approved
NorfolkRedgate Middle12 April 2000Approved
North East LincsHereford Technology College13 November 2000Approved
North TynesideSt. Mary's RC22 December 1998Approved
North YorkshireSettle CE Primary20 November 1998Approved
NorthamptonshireJohn Lea Secondary14 August 2000Approved
NorthumberlandSt. Benet Biscop RC Aided High5 February 1999Approved
NorthumberlandGallowhill Hall Special18 February 2000Approved
NottinghamshireManor Comprehensive14 April 2000Approved
NottinghamshireLincoln Street Infant14 July 2000Approved
OldhamKaskenmoor Secondary29 October 1999Approved
Oxfordshire Wallingford16 June 2000Approved
PeterboroughThe King's8 May 1998Rejected
PeterboroughDeacons28 July 1998Rejected
PeterboroughThe King's27 September 2000Approved
RochdaleSpring Hill High7 May 1999Approved
RochdaleMiddleton Technology28 March 2001Approved
SeftonLitherland Moss County Primary22 March 1999Approved
ShropshireLower Grove2 February 2001Approved
SomersetKing Arthur's Comprehensive24 March 1999Approved
SomersetLadymead Comprehensive6 April 1999Approved
StaffordshireSir Graham Balfour High25 June 1999Approved
SurreyRosebery6 January 1998Approved
SurreyOkewood District CE30 November 1998Approved
SurreyMerland Rise CP8 January 1999Approved
SurreyBanstead County Junior School and St. Anne's RC Primary27 May 1999Approved
SurreyPark Mead Junior8 March 2000Approved
SurreyBoxgrove Primary13 April 2000Approved
TamesideEgerton Park High17 January 2000Approved
Telford and WrekinBlessed Robert Johnson26 March 1999Approved
WakefieldSouth Elmsall Middle10 December 1998Approved
WakefieldKinsley First13 January 1999Approved
WakefieldKinsley First30 July 1999Approved
WalsallBeacon18 December 1998Approved
WalsallSt. Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive18 April 2001Approved
WarwickshireAttleborough First11 December 1998Approved
WarwickshireExhall First21 July 1999Approved
Warwickshire Binley Woods First3 August 1999Approved
WarwickshireStratford-upon-Avon High14 August 2000Approved
WarwickshireMarie Corelli21 August 2000Approved
West SussexHazelwick7 February 2000Approved
WiganHindley Borsdane Brook Special11 February 1999Approved
WiganRose Hill Special11 February 1999Approved
WiganTyldesley Highfield Special11 February 1999Approved
WiganOrrell Holgate Primary4 December 2000Approved
WiltshireCastle Combe Primary7 August 2000Approved
WolverhamptonSt. Peters Collegiate25 November 1998Approved
WolverhamptonAldersley High4 December 1998Approved
WorcestershireCallowbrook First6 November 2000Approved


1. 'Sports pitch' means areas of open grassed land which are equal to, or larger than, the Football Association's recommended area for games played by under-10s, that is 2,000 m

(4) , and which have a configuration making them suitable for sports pitches (whether they are so laid out or not).

2. The table excludes applications withdrawn by the applicant and applications where schools would retain the same, or a better, level of access to the same sports pitch or to an equivalent sports pitch.

3. The table includes applications from grant-maintained schools, where the application was made under section 231 of the Education Act 1996 but the decision was made in accordance with the draft criteria and then the criteria published in Circular No. 3/99, The Protection of School Playing Fields. It also includes applications in respect of foundation and voluntary schools considered under Schedule 22 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 since 1 September 1999.

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