New School Provision

Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Conservative, Fareham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she proposes to encourage the creation and retention of small schools and state boarding schools.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills

Local authorities are responsible for planning school places in their area including the creation and retention of small schools. In the interests of raising standards, we expect local authorities to take parents' preferences for a particular type of provision into account in the planning process. Statutory Guidance to school organisation committees and the schools adjudicator makes clear that they must not assume a school must be of a certain size to be a good school.

In relation to State Boarding Schools, we have made available £5 million to support projects to increase boarding provision or undertake essential work to existing boarding accommodation.

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