HC Deb 09 July 1903 vol 125 c140
SIR JOHN GORST (Cambridge University)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Education if there is a limit laid down to the size of an elementary school; what that limit, if any, is; in what cases, if any, has sanction been given during the last twelve months to schools exceeding the limit.

(Answered by Sir William Anson.) The Board of Education have prescribed no limit of size for an elementary school; but in a note to the last edition of the Building Rules published in the autumn of last year, have recommended that no school should ordinarily be built to accommodate more than 1,000 to 1,200 children, to be arranged in three departments, and that no single department should accommodate more than 400 children. Sanction has been given for special reasons during the last twelve months to some eighteen schools where these numbers were to any large extent exceeded.