HC Deb 20 October 1992 vol 212 cc247-8W
Mr. Brazier

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Duke of York's royal military school will be established as an executive agency.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The Duke of York's royal military school began to operate as an executive agency with effect from 1 April 1992. The framework document has been printed and copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The targets which have been set for the school in its first year of operation are as follows:

Academic and Curriculum

  1. 1. (a) Annually, at 16 plus, to achieve at least six General Certificates of Secondary Education passes at grades A to C for 70 per cent. of pupils;
  2. (b) Annually, at 18 plus, to achieve at least three A-level passes for 90 per cent. of pupils with 40 per cent. of all passes at grades A or B; for Business and Technology Education Council—BTEC—national diploma courses, 100 per cent. award rate.

2. By April 1993, to complete a curriculum review.

Pastoral 3. By September 1994, to define and introduce a set of common guidelines of boarding provisions, as recommended by Her Majesty's inspectors of schools. 4. To ensure continuing compliance with the provisions of the Children Act 1989, and to respond to the local authority social services department inspection within six months of receipt of that report.

Management and Development 5. By April 1993, to develop management and financial information systems, including baseline pupil per capita costs, that satisfy all management and accounting requirements; 6. By 1 April 1993, to achieve savings equivalent to 1.5 per cent. of the gross budgetary allocation and to establish future targets in specified areas of expenditure and revenue; 7. By September 1993, to complete policy reviews and implementation plans for co-education and other extensions to the pupil catchment area; 8. By April 1993, to review the school pay/grading structures for teaching and non-teaching staff, and to make proposals; 9. By April 1993, to produce an agreed teacher appraisal scheme for implementation in financial year 1993–94.

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