HC Deb 17 December 2003 vol 415 cc967-8W
Mr. Gibb

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many specialist(a) technology, (b) sports, (c) arts and (d) languages colleges the proportion of selective admissions exceeds 10 per cent. of their pupil intake. [141795]

Mr. Miliband

The information requested is set out in the following table:

Specialism Grammar


Selection exceeds

10 per cent.


(a) Arts 5 1 6
(b) Language 24 24
(c) Sports 6 6
(d) Technology 18 5 23
Total 53 6 59

Our figures suggest that 40 specialist schools selected by aptitude in 2001. Most of these specialist schools which select by aptitude were selecting by aptitude prior to the 1998 Act, therefore some schools select more than 10 per cent. of their pupils on this basis.