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Schools: Admissions

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) selective places and (b) applicants for those places there were in each local authority with schools that selected wholly or partially by ability in each of the last three years. (195596)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) There are 164 schools designated as grammar schools under section 104 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The number of pupils in grammar schools during the last three years is as follows

Number

2005

154,065

2006

155,484

2007

156,796

Some 40 schools that did so before 1997 operate partial selection by ability in various proportions. We do not have data on the numbers of selective places in such schools.

(b) The Department does not collect data on the number of applicants for selective places.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have submitted plans to his Department on how they will reduce the number of surplus places in their schools; and if he will make a statement. (196424)

We have invited authorities to inform the Department of any proposed action to reduce surplus places in their agreed Primary Strategy for Change by 16 June 2008. To date, we have received no responses.

In developing their plans for Building Schools for the Future (BSF), we expect local authorities to think strategically about existing secondary school provision. They should consider factors such as demand for places (including the level of surplus places) and future population changes, as well as standards, diversity, parental preferences, and the condition of existing buildings, to ensure that they are providing the right schools in the right places at the right time. 58 authorities engaged in BSF have submitted proposals, in the form of a ‘Strategy for Change’ Part 1, or equivalent, for some or all of their secondary schools. These authorities are as follows:

Wave 1

Bristol (also W4)

Bradford (alsoW5)

Gateshead

Greenwich (also W5)

Knowsley

Lancashire

Leeds

Leicester

Lewisham (also W3)

Manchester (also W4)

Newcastle upon Tyne

Sheffield (also W4)

Solihull

South Tyneside

Stoke-on-Trent

Sunderland

Waltham Forest (also W5)

Wave 2

Birmingham (also W4-6)

Hackney

Haringey (also W4)

Islington

Kingston upon Hull

Lambeth (also W5)

Liverpool (also W5)

Middlesbrough

Newham (also W5)

Nottingham City (also W5)

Tower Hamlets (also W5)

Wave 3

Barnsley

Derbyshire

Durham (also W6)

Kent (also W4-6)

Luton (also W6)

North Lincolnshire

Salford

Sandwell (also W5)

Southwark

Tameside

Westminster

Wave 4

Barking and Dagenham

Cambridgeshire

Coventry

Essex

Hertfordshire

Telford and Wrekin

Rochdale

Blackburn with Darwen

Oldham

Somerset

Wave 5

Derby City

Camden

St. Helens

Blackpool

Hartlepool

Ealing

Wolverhampton

Wandsworth

Kensington and Chelsea