HC Deb 16 July 1964 vol 698 cc275-6W
Mr. R. Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many overcrowded classes there are in primary and secondary schools, respectively, in the county of Staffordshire; and what were the comparable figures in 1951–52.

Mr. Hogg

The table below shows the number and percentage of primary classes over 40 and secondary classes over 30 in maintained schools in Staffordshire, in January of the years 1953 and 1963.

1953 1963
No. Per cent. No. Per cent.
Primary Schools 1,060 43.8 598 20.8
Secondary Schools 713 54.6 888 42.2
All Classes 1,773 47.6 1,486 29.8

It is not possible to give figures for 1951–52 showing a split between classes in primary and in secondary schools. The number of classes exceeding the prescribed sizes in both types of school in that year was 1,758 (48.8 per cent. of all classes).