§ Mr. Silvester
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local education authorities currently operating or planning to operate a system of middle schools straddling the normal division between primary and secondary education; if he will show the age ranges chosen for such schools; and if he will give an estimate of the numbers of children involved.165W
§ Mr. Gordon Walker
No middle schools are yet in operation but 29 local education authorities have received my approval in principle for reorganisation schemes involving the establishment of such schools, and I have under consideration similar proposals from 15 others. Details are as follows:
I. AGE RANGE 8–12 Approved Whole of Area Part of Area Dewsbury Hampshire Grimsby Yorks., West Riding* Norwich Oxford Southampton Stoke-on-Trent Under Consideration Whole of Area Part of Area Birkenhead Worcestershire* Brighton Halifax Harrow Lincoln Sheffield Wigan
II. AGE RANGE 9–13 Approved Whole of Area Part of Area Isle of Wight Bradford Kingston-upon-Hull Herefordshire Lincolnshire, Holland Hertfordshire Merton Kent Northumberland Lancashire Suffolk, West Shropshire Wallasey Somerset York C.B. Suffolk, East Sussex, East Warwickshire Yorks., East Riding Yorks., West Riding* Under Consideration Whole of Area Part of Area Bedfordshire Northamptonshire Doncaster Surrey Great Yarmouth Worcestershire* Northampton C.B. Salford III. AGE RANGE 10–13 Approved Whole of Area Part of Area — Cumberland Sussex, West *Has both 8–12 and 9–13 proposals.
I have no estimate available of the numbers of pupils involved.