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Quantock School History: Parliamentary Records

Commons Written Answers, 12 December 1995

[Mr. Jamieson turns the enquiry towards towards the Department for Education and Employment; the question is answered by the Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Employment, Mrs. Cheryl Gillan (Con, Chesham and Amersham).]

Subject: Quantock School

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the performance of the Quantock school, Somerset to establish if it meets the standards required by her Department.

Mrs Gillan [on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education and Employment]: Standards at independent schools are monitored through educational inspection by Ofsted and, in the case of boarding schools, by local services departments for child welfare provision. Inspectors from Ofsted and Somerset social services department have visited Quantock school this year and reported that provision meets the minimum standards required by the Education Act 1944, as amended.

Commons Written Answers, 18 December 1995

[Following up his question of 11 December, Mr. Jamieson directs his question to the Ministry of Defence, which is answered by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr. Nicholas Soames.]

Subject: Boarding School Allowance

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Service Children's Education Authority to complete its review of whether the Quantock school, Taunton, is suitable to remain on the MOD admissible schools list.

Mr. Soames: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 11 December 1995, Official Report, column 478-79). It is expected that the review of the pastoral care at Quantock school by the Service Children's Education Authority will be completed by 31 March 1996.

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 11 December, what plans he has to bring to the attention of parents of children who benefit from the boarding school allowance the observation of the Service Children's Education Authority regarding the pastoral arrangements of Quantock school, Taunton.

Mr. Soames: SCEA provides on request an advisory service to all service parents on boarding school provision in the United Kingdom. In the case of Quantock school, Taunton, SCEA will continue to provide a similar service. The final choice of school, however, is a matter of parental choice.

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much each school on the MOD admissible schools list received from the service boarding school allowance.

Mr. Soames: The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

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