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Grammar Schools

Volume 928: debated on Friday 18 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many voluntary or controlled grammar schools have sixth forms; what is the total number of pupils currently in these forms; and what proportion is expected to proceed to higher education.

78 voluntary and controlled grammar schools have sixth forms, and there are currently 10,123 pupils in these forms. Separate records are not kept in respect of leavers from sixth forms, but for grammar school leavers as a whole on present trends about 48 per cent. may be expected to proceed directly to higher education.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the cost to public funds of the on-going expenditure of controlled grammar schools in each of the last five years; and what was the average cost per school.

The information is as follows:the cost to public funds of support for on-going expenditure of voluntary grammar schools in each of the last five years; and what was the average cost per school.

The information is as follows:existing land holdings of the Queen's University, the New University and the Ulster College are to be reduced in size to what is essential on educational grounds.

The Department of Education for Northern Ireland is advised by the University Grants Committee about the land holdings of the two universities. Land is acquired and disposed of from time to time in the light of the advice received and the foreseen needs of the universities. There are at present no proposals for any general reductions.The Department has recently reviewed the position at the Ulster College and is satisfied that the existing land holdings are essential for the planned development of the college.