Grammar and Modern Secondary Schools (Differentiation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon East 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the Minister of Education the difference between a grammar school and a modern secondary school.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of Ministry of Education pamphlet No. 9. This describes both the similarities and the differences, and remains a useful survey of secondary education, although more experience has been gained since it was published in 1947.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon East

What statutory authority is there for this differentiation?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

There is no statutory authority for the different names.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

Will the right hon. Lady also send to her hon. Friend a copy of the kind of tests which are imposed to tell to which of these schools children of 11 should go?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

That is entirely a matter for the local education authority, and I do not interfere.