HC Deb 16 August 1911 vol 29 c1903

asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that the trustees of the Bablake school, Coventry, are proposing to increase fees from £2 to £4 per annum; and, whether, in view of the fact that this school is richly endowed, that such endowments were bestowed for the benefit of children of poor parents, and that the suggested fees are prohibitive to the class for whom the school was really intended, he contemplates taking any action in the matter?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Runciman)

The Governors have resolved that, subject to the Board's approval, the tuition fee at this school after the end of the school year 1910-11 shall be £4. They propose to make an exception in favour of all boys who came into the school at or before the beginning of that year. I am in communication with the local education authority on the subject and am not at present in a position to say what view the Board will take of the proposal. I should add that about 30 per cent. of free places are provided in the school and that a considerable number of the scholars also receive board, lodging, clothing, or other benefits at the cost of the Foundation.