HC Deb 12 November 1917 vol 99 cc60-1W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Larkin, B.A., head master of St. Laurence's Secondary School, Bray, has within the last few days been informed that the school has been removed from the list of intermediate schools; whether the members of the Intermediate Board of Education for Ireland have been cognisant of this step; and, if not, on whose motion the action has been taken; and on what basis the schools are selected for receiving the Parliamentary Grants, when according to the published reports this school with eight pupils has got no Grants for the past three years while several schools with only six or seven pupils have got the Grants?


The Assistant Commissioners inform me that according to Rule 95 of the Rules of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, "school" means any educational institution, not being a national school, affording classical or scientific education in any grade, and having at least seven students eligible as regards age to enter for the Board's examinations in the junior, middle, or senior grade, who shall have attended such institution from the 1st day of October, and each of whom shall have made at least 100 attendances at that institution within the educational year immediately preceding the examinations. They, therefore, point out that St. Laurence's Secondary School, Bray, is not a school as defined by the Rules, and so is not eligible to receive Grant from the Board.