HC Deb 02 November 2001 vol 373 cc896-8W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are the(a) name, (b) local education authority, (c) character, (d) date of designation, (e) agreed targets for each year within the period of designation and (f) unmet targets to date, of each designated language college in (i) south-east England, (ii) south-west England and (iii) London. [11918]

Mr. Timms

Information on the name, local education authority, character and date of designation of specialist language colleges currently operating in south-east England, south-west England and London is set out in the table.

We do not publish targets for individual language colleges. Targets are agreed and reviewed annually with individual schools, and are subject to modification in the light of changing circumstances. However, all language college targets support the delivery of the main aims of the language college programme. These are:

School name LEA Character Operational as from September Region
1. Dartford Grammar School Kent Foundation 1995 South-east
2. Hendon School Barnet, LB of Foundation 1995 London
3. Bohunt School Hampshire Foundation 1996 South-east
4. Bullers Wood School Bromley, LB of Foundation 1996 London
5. Convent of Jesus and Mary High Brent, LB of Voluntary-Aided 1996 London
6. Katharine Lady Berkeleys Gloucestershire Foundation 1996 South-west
7. Millais School West Sussex Community 1996 South-east
8. Royal Grammar School (The) Buckinghamshire Foundation 1996 South-east
9. Sir Bernard Lovell School South Gloucestershire Community 1996 South-west
10. Tavistock College Devon Community 1996 South-west
11. Tomlinscote School Surrey Community 1996 South-east
12. Torquay Boys' Grammar Torbay Foundation 1996 South-west
13. Willink School (The) West Berkshire Community 1996 South-east
14. Cranford Community High School Hounslow, LB of Community 1997 London
15. Didcot Girls' High School Oxfordshire Community 1997 South-east
16. Elliott School Wandsworth Foundation 1997 London
17. Haydon School Hillingdon Foundation 1997 London
18. Imberhorne School West Sussex Community 1997 South-east
19. Penrice Community School Cornwall Community 1997 South-east
20. St. John Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School Surrey Voluntary-Aided 1997 South-east
21. William Ellis School Camden, LB of Voluntary-Aided 1997 London
22. Ashcombe School Surrey Community 1998 South-east
23. Lord Grey School Milton Keynes Foundation 1998 South-east
24. Holt School (The) Wokingham Community 1999 South-east
25. Our Lady's Convent High School Hackney, LB of Voluntary-Aided 1999 London
26. Saint George's C of E School Kent Voluntary-Aided 1999 South-east
27. Sir John Colfox School Dorset Community 1999 South-west
28. Weald of Kent Grammar School Kent Community 1999 South-east
29. Bournemouth School Bournemouth Foundation 2000 South-west
30. Chatham Grammar School for Boys Medway Community 2000 South-east
31. Clevedon Community School North Somerset Community 2000 South-west
32. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Islington, LB of Community 2000 London
33. Hele's School Plymouth, City of Community 2000 South-west
34. Highcliffe School Dorset Foundation 2000 South-west
35. John Bentley School (The) Wiltshire Foundation 2000 South-west
36. Kingsmead Community School Somerset Community 2000 South-west
37. Mountbatten School (The) Hampshire Community 2000 South-east
38. Romsey School (The) Hampshire Community 2000 South-east
39. Ryde High School Isle of Wight Community 2000 South-east
40. Sir John Cass's Foundation Redcoat School (The) Tower Hamlets Voluntary-Aided 2000 London
41. Sir Thomas Rich's School Gloucestershire Community 2000 South-west
42. Woodbridge High School Redbridge Community 2000 London
43. Aylesbury High School Buckinghamshire Community 2001 South-east
44. Connaught School for Girls Waltham Forest, LB of Community 2001 London
45. Greenford High School Ealing, LB of Foundation 2001 London
46. Hayle Community School Cornwall Community 2001 South-west
47. Henry Box School (The) Oxfordshire Community 2001 South-east
48. Pate's Grammar School Gloucestershire Voluntary-Aided 2001 South-west
49. Piggott School (The) Wokingham Voluntary-Aided 2001 South-east

to raise standards of teaching and learning in Modern Foreign Languages (MFLs) and foster an international ethos and cultural awareness throughout a school; to ensure young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they and employers need by giving pupils an early understanding of the world of work, through the active participation of business community sponsors in school life, and thereby enhance pupils' understanding of applications of modern foreign languages; to encourage the dissemination of good practice and the sharing of resources through closer contacts between language colleges, other schools and the wider community. Individual targets and performance against those targets for each year of operation in the 49 language colleges included in the table could be provided only at disproportionate cost.