HC Deb 26 January 1960 vol 616 cc28-9W
Mr. Owen

asked the Minister of Education how many grammar school students in the County of Northumberland left before completing their course of study, or before their sixteenth year; and what percentage this is of the total students enrolled.

Sir D. Eccles

I understand that of the children entering grammar schools maintained by the Northumberland Local Education Authority at the age of 11 in 1954 and continuing in these schools, 37, or 6 per cent. left without taking. the examination for the General Certificate of Education at Ordinary level. am unable without making detailed inquiries to say how many left before reaching the age of 16.