Longhorsley Church of England School, Northumberland

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1962.

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Photo of Mr William Owen Mr William Owen , Morpeth 12:00 am, 12th July 1962

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the difficulties which affect education services at Longhorsley Church of England school, Northumberland; what steps are being taken to help the school authorities; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

The Newcastle Diocesan Education Committee wishes to replace this school by means of a minor project. I shall consider this proposal sympathetically as soon as the necessary resources are available.

Photo of Mr William Owen Mr William Owen , Morpeth

Is the Minister really aware of the conditions of this rural school? It has no playground, no facilities for games, lavatory accommodation is very inadequate, and many of the children have to travel a quarter of a mile to the school canteen. Surely, this merits urgent consideration. We are told that it is to be considered in the next review. Can we be told when the next review will take place?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I quite agree that this is a school which badly needs replacing and I hope that before too long it will be possible to increase the minor works allocation.