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Opting Out

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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34.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the geographical spread of schools in England and Wales that have applied to opt out of local authority control; and if he will make a statement.

Of the 54 proposals for grant-maintained status that have so far reached my right hon. Friend for decision, he has approved 41 and is minded to approve a further school subject to agreement with the governing body about minor technical adjustments to the proposals.The 42 schools which he has approved or is minded to approve for grant-maintained status are drawn from 31 LEAs. The geographical breakdown is as follows:

Geographical breakdown for each school approved for GM status
Region and SchoolLEA
Northern
Castle Hall GM SchoolKirklees
Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolKirklees
North West
Audenshaw High SchoolTameside
Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar SchoolLancashire
Bankfield High SchoolCheshire
Lancaster Royal Grammar SchoolLancashire
St. Francis Xavier's CollegeLiverpool
St. James's CE SchoolBolton
Midlands
Adams' Grammar SchoolShropshire
Baverstock GM SchoolBirmingham
Netherthorpe SchoolDerbyshire
Old Swinford Hospital SchoolDudley
Small Heath SchoolBirmingham
Southfield School for GirlsNorthamptonshire
Wolverhampton Girls High SchoolWolverhampton
Eastern
The King's SchoolLincolnshire
Queen Elizabeth's GM Grammar SchoolLincolnshire
Skegness Grammar SchoolLincolnshire
Carre's Grammar SchoolLincolnshire
Long Field High SchoolLeicestershire
London North and Home Counties
Bishopshalt SchoolHillingdon
Claremont High SchoolBrent
Hendon SchoolBarnet
Queen Elizabeth's GM School for BoysBarnet
Queensbury SchoolBedfordshire
Rickmansworth SchoolHertfordshire
Watford Grammar School for BoysHertfordshire
Inner London
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial SchoolKensington and Chelsea
London Nautical SchoolSouthwark
London Oratory SchoolHammersmith and Fulham
South East
The Grammar School for Girls, WilmingtonKent
Guildford County SchoolSurrey
Wilson's SchoolSutton
South West
Beechen Cliff SchoolAvon
Brindley Hall SchoolBuckinghamshire
Bridgewater Hall SchoolBuckinghamshire
Colyton Grammar SchoolDevon
Marling SchoolGloucestershire
Ribston Hall High SchoolGloucestershire
Southlands SchoolBerkshire
Stroud Girls High SchoolGloucestershire
Bournemouth Grammar School1Dorset
1 Denotes minded to approve subject to agreement with the governing body about minor technical adjustments to the proposals.

42.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many applications he has received from schools wishing to opt out of local authority control; and if he will make a statement.

A total of 64 proposals for grant-maintained status have been published following parental ballots. Of these, 54 have so far reached my right hon. Friend for decision: he has approved 41, is minded to approve one and has rejected 12.

46.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from parents about the conduct of local authorities towards schools that wish to opt out of local authority control; and if he will make a statement.

Concern has been expressed from time to time by governors and parents about the actions of some local authorities towards schools seeking grant-maintained status. My right hon. Friend has said repeatedly that it is important that parents, governors and staff at such schools should have an informed debate about the options available to them; and that LEAs should not obstruct that debate in any way.

56.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the consequences for schools of opting out of local authority control; and if he will make a statement.

Grant-maintained schools have many advantages: they are run by local people who know the schools; their governing bodies have considerable autonomy, including the freedom to choose how to spend most effectively their share of LEA expenditure on central services; and they are proving popular with parents; and attracting teachers to work in them.