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Non-EEA Pupils (Academies)

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Learners (Lord Adonis) has made the following written ministerial statement:

“1. I intend to introduce charges for education at academies for non-EEA pupils in specific circumstances, decided on a case-by-case basis.

2. Colston’s Girls’ school is a private school that will convert to academy status in September 2008. It currently has two non-EEA pupils on its educational roll. They are in year 11 and had expected to complete their education at the school to Year 13. Under the current immigration regime, they will be in breach of the requirements of their visas if they attend the new academy, because it is not an “independent fee-paying school outside the maintained sector”.

3. The Minister of State for Borders and Immigration has confirmed that he will make an exception to the immigration rules for these pupils, allowing them to complete their education as planned. This exception has been granted on the basis of these pupils not accessing education at UK taxpayers’ expense. In order to satisfy this requirement, I am introducing charging for education into the academy’s funding agreement. This will enable the academy to charge these pupils for their education and ensure that they do not benefit from public funds.

4. The ability to charge for education will only be introduced into the funding agreement of this academy. Should an equivalent situation arise with any future academy, I shall consider requests for similar treatment on a case-by-case basis. UK and EEA pupils will not be charged for their education at any academy.”