Education Reform

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th February 1988.

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Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst , Saffron Walden 12:00 am, 16th February 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from rural areas about open enrolment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mrs Angela Rumbold Mrs Angela Rumbold , Mitcham and Morden

A number of the responses to the Department's consultation document, "Admission of Pupils to Maintained Schools", and some of the letters received from groups and individuals, have raised issues relating to education in rural areas.

Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst , Saffron Walden

Can my hon. Friend offer an assurance to parents living in a village which has a popular school that their child will be able to go to that school, even though it may attract pupils from other parts of the district?

Photo of Mrs Angela Rumbold Mrs Angela Rumbold , Mitcham and Morden

The criteria for admission to schools will remain very much as they are at present. That is to say, they will relate to where the children live, whether there are brothers and sisters in that school, and the distances to be travelled, so I think I can offer my hon. Friend the assurance he requires.