§ Mr. A. G. C. HARVEY
asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state the number of elementary schools in England and Wales, separately, in which classes are held for the purpose of a course of instruction beyond the Seventh Standard; and also the number of higher elementary schools in each county, stating in both cases the numbers in London, in administrative counties, in county boroughs, and other administrative areas respectively?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I have no information as to the first part of my hon. Friend's question; so far as the Board's administration is concerned classification by standards has been discontinued except for the purposes of labour certificates, and in many schools the classes do not correspond with what used to be known as the several standards. A detailed list of higher elementary schools is given on page 597 of the Board's list of public elementary schools. There are eight such schools in London, six in administrative counties, 15 in county boroughs, and 13 in other administrative areas. These figures include only those schools which come within the technical definition of a higher elementary school, and are recognised by the Board as such. There are, of course, many schools in various parts of the country doing work on a higher plane than the ordinary elementary school which are not recognised as higher elementary schools.