§ MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether at St. Augustine's Boys' School, Kilburn, some 300 boys pay high fees, and are taught in separate classes, with a special curriculum and special teachers; what fee is charged to these boys; whether their attendance is reckoned for the fee grant; and whether, seeing that the whole school is one department, this separation of classes is in accordance with the Code?
§ MR. ACLAND
I am obliged to the hon. Member for calling my attention to this matter. In the school to which he refers, according to the Returns for the year ended February 28th last, 300 boys pay 1s., 14 pay 9d., and 615 are free. The attendance of all the scholars has been counted for the fee grant. I have not at present sufficient information to be able to say definitely whether the paying scholars are taught in separate classes, with a special curriculum and special teachers; but I have directed inquiry to be made at once, and should the facts be as stated by the hon. Member, I think that the school would consist, not of one, but of two departments, and I will consider what further steps can be taken. I think it is clear that every scholar attending any department of a school should be entitled to all the educational advantages offered in that department.