HC Deb 13 February 1890 vol 341 cc204-6
MR. MUNDELLA (Sheffield, Brightside)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the attention of the Education Department has been called to the following advertisement, which appeared in the Yorkshire Herald of 8th February, 1890, in reference to the school to be opened by the Kilburn Sisters: — York Commercial High School, 15, Castlegate. Opened 20th January, 1890. A Church of England Day School. Annual Examination by Her Majesty's Inspectors. Subjects of Instruction. The Holy Scriptures, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Composition, History, Geography, Drawing, Needlework, Singing, Kindergarten, Calisthenics, French. *Extra Subjects. Instrumental Music, 15s. per term; Domestic Economy and Cooking, 10s. per term; Book Keeping, 12s. per term. *For Girls desirous of taking the extra subjects only special arrangements may be made. Terms (15 weeks). Christmas to Easter, Easter to Midsummer, September to Christmas. Fees. Girls 1s. per week or 12s. 6d. per term; Children under eight, 6d. per week or 6s. per term. Hours of Instruction. Morning 9–12 15. Afternoon 2–4.30. Scholars prepared for College of Preceptors and for Cambridge Local Examinations; whether the Education Department proposes to recognise this school in substitution of some of the accommodation which the Department in its letter of 26th April, 1889, stated it would be the duty of the School Board for York to provide; find whether the Education Department is of opinion that a school in which a 1s. fee is charged to scholars eight years of age and 6d. to scholars under eight years of age, and in which a further charge of 10s. per term is to be made for the Code subjects of domestic economy and cookery, is a suitable school and entitled to receive grants, and one which can be fairly considered as taking the place of accommodation which the Board would have had to supply for boys as well as girls, where the fee would have required to have been sanctioned by the Department, and could not in any case have exceeded 9d. a week for all the subjects of instruction?


I have seen the advertisement referred to, but the Department have no information of the school in question, nor has any application for annual grant been made on its behalf. Looking to the description given in the advertisement, and pending further inquiry, in my opinion, such a school could not be accepted as supplying any part of the deficiency mentioned in the notice.


When may we assume that the York School Board will be ordered to supply the deficiency forthwith?


The right hon. Gentleman must give notice of that question.