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Specialist Schools

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what mechanisms a school may apply for specialist school status in relation to catering and hospitality education. (319343)

Schools can specialise in a range of curriculum based subjects but it is not possible for a school to specialise in catering and hospitality within the specialist schools programme. Academies have access to a greater range of specialisms which must be rigorous and linked to an academic subject. It would therefore be possible for an Academy to offer a specialism in catering and hospitality if this was linked to an academic subject.