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Grammar Schools

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on the guidance issued by his Department in respect of the minimum size of grammar schools in terms of (a) the number of forms entry, (b) the size of the sixth form in the light of paragraph 275 of the White Paper, "Better Schools," Cmnd. 9469, (c) the number of such schools in each local education authority retaining selection which are smaller than the guidance in one or both respects and (d) the number of such schools currently subject to proposals for reorganisation.

The Department has issued no guidance on the minimum size of grammar schools. The principles for future guidance proposed in paragraph 275 of the White Paper, Better Schools, Cmnd 9469 related to primary schools and comprehensive schools.