HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 c2277
26. Mr. Morley

asked the Minister of Education how many children are attending independent schools which, following inspection, have failed to satisfy her standards for recognition as efficient.

Miss Horsbrugh

Recognition as efficient was refused in 1953 to nine of the schools that had applied for it. They were attended by 912 pupils.

Mr. Morley

What steps is the right hon. Lady taking, or advising the local authorities to take, to safeguard the interests of children who are attending schools that have been declared inefficient by H.M. Inspectors?

Miss Horsbrugh

This does not necessarily mean that the schools are inefficient. The certificate of recognition of efficiency demands a very high standard, and if the schools wish to have a special inspection it is for them to apply for it. Very often refusal of the certificate may have to do with particular features of the building and those concerned can make improvements and then apply again.