HC Deb 19 July 2000 vol 354 cc202-3W
Mr. Trend

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many children applying for places at the Holy Trinity Church of England primary school in Sunningdale have been refused on the ground that admission would breach the maximum class size of 30; how many of these have siblings in the school; and how many of those referred were new to the area. [131304]

Ms Estelle Morris

I understand from my officials, who have contacted the school, that no applications were refused on the ground that admission would breach the class size limit. Thirteen children were refused admission because there were forty-three applications for only thirty available places. The school's standard number of thirty, which indicates its capacity, pre-dates our class size legislation.

The thirty places were allocated to Sunningdale residents, thirteen of whom had siblings in the school. Of those applicants refused, four were non residents of Sunningdale with siblings in the school. The school gives priority for admission to children resident in the ecclesiastical parish of Sunningdale. A further four applications from the Sunningdale area were received after places had been allocated, and were refused.