HC Deb 06 November 1911 vol 30 c1281

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he would grant recognition to the Towyn Church school, where there had been an average attendance of over sixty children throughout the past year, where the school-house had been repaired and a head teacher and assistant teacher maintained by voluntary contributions?


This case, as the hon. Member is aware, was very carefully considered in the earlier part of the year, when notice was given by the managers of the school of their proposal to provide a new public elementary school. The Board then decided that the proposed school was not necessary within the meaning of Sections 8 and 9 of the Education Act, 1902. There is no proposal to provide a new public elementary school at Towyn at present before the Board, but I can hold out no hope, should such a proposal be made, of arriving at a different conclusion unless a material alteration has occurred in the facts before the Board in the earlier part of the year.


May I ask what alteration of the facts is required, and whether the hon. Gentleman is aware that an average attendance of thirty is fixed in the Act as the attendance above which a school should not be considered as unnecessary?


That is only in the case of a school actually in existence. There are a large number of facts to be considered.