Education and Skills Committee

27 November 2003

Committee to visit Slough LEA for Secondary Education: School Admissions inquiry

Monday 1 December 2003, from 3.45 pm, Slough Borough Council, Town Hall, Bath Road, Slough

The Committee will be visiting two LEAs during the course of this inquiry to take evidence from Head Teachers, Parents and Governors who are experiencing the secondary school admissions process “on the ground”. Slough, the first of these two visits, was chosen as an area with selective schools. The Committee will also visit Wakefield in the New Year to take evidence from an LEA without selection.

On 1 December the Committee will be taking oral evidence from Mrs Hilda Clarke, Head Teacher, Langley Grammar School, Slough, The Reverend Jeremy Hurst, Chair, Slough School Organisation Committee and School Admissions Forum (SACRE), and Ms Julia Shepard, Head Teacher, Beechwood School, Slough.


Those wishing to attend this session should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 the day before the hearing. The information line is updated daily and provides recorded information about forthcoming meetings including venues and subjects under discussion for select and standing committee meetings occurring within the next two sitting days.

Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House’s Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine “the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies”.  The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference.  It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.  At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet.  Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies.  The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication.  These responses are also published.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr David Chaytor, Labour, Bury North

Valerie Davey, Labour, Bristol West

Jeff Ennis, Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough

Paul Holmes, Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

Mr Robert Jackson, Conservative, Wantage

Helen Jones, Labour, Warrington North

Mr Kerry Pollard, Labour, St Albans

Jonathan Shaw, Labour, Chatham and Aylesford

Mr Barry Sheerman (Chairman), Labour, Huddersfield

Mr Mark Simmonds, Conservative, Boston & Skegness

Mr Andrew Turner, Conservative, Isle of Wight