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Specialist Schools

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 784W, on specialist status schools, if he will make a statement on the variation in the average capped GCSE/GNVQ point scores among pupils attending (a) languages colleges, (b) sports colleges, (c) arts colleges and (d) technology colleges. [119793]

In 2002, specialist schools outperformed non-specialist schools where the GCSE capped average point score was considered. When considering the individual specialist subjects, technology colleges had the highest average point score of the four specialisms. Technology, language and arts colleges all performed above the non-specialist average. The performance of sports colleges was slightly below the non-specialist average.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 885W, on education initiatives, if he will list those non-selective specialist schools that are not defined as mainstream. [119886]

The list of non-selective, non-mainstream specialist schools (ie special schools) is as follows.

Special schoolsAreaSubject
Fox Hollies SchoolBirminghamArts
Arbour Vale Special SchoolSloughSports
Calthorpe Special SchoolBirminghamSports
Westcroft Special SchoolWolverhamptonSports
Abbey Hill SchoolStockton on TeesTechnology
Alder Grange High SchoolLancashireTechnology1
Beaumont Hill SchoolDarlingtonTechnology
Blackfriars Special SchoolStaffordshireTechnology
Crosshill Special SchoolBlackburn with DarwenTechnology
Marshfields SchoolCity of PeterboroughTechnology1
West Oaks SchoolLeedsTechnology
Westfield Technology CollegeDorsetTechnology
1 From September 2003

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools in North East Lincolnshire have applied for specialist status; and how many have been successful in their applications. [120059]

There have been seven applications for specialist school status received from seven schools in North East Lincolnshire LEA since the programme started in 1994. Four schools currently have specialist status: The Lindsey School, Toll Bar School and the Hereford School, which has joint specialist status with Western School.