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Specialist Schools

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department plans to review its policy on specialist schools. (253100)

The Department publishes guidance on the specialist schools programme annually setting out the objectives of the programme and the procedures relating to the designation and redesignation of specialist schools. We expect to publish the 2009 guidance in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist schools there are in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (253101)

There are 2,993 specialist schools in England, of which 170 are in the North East and five are in Middlesbrough and South East Cleveland constituency. These are Freebrough Specialist Engineering College (Engineering), Huntcliff School (Humanities), Laurence Jackson (Sports), Newlands Catholic School (Maths and Computing) and Kilton Thorpe Special School (Arts).