Mr. Kenneth Clarke asked
the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has of the number of mentally handicapped children over the age of five years who are not receiving full-time education because of the lack of suitable school places for them.
§ Mr. Armstrong
The number of ESN (Severe) children reported by LEAs to be awaiting admission to special schools will be available for the first time later this year. Returns to the Department of
RESIDENTIAL SPECIAL SCHOOLS Name of school Number of places Age-range and Sex Donnington Lodge School, Oxford Road, Donnington, Nr. Newbury 16 3–16 Boys and Girls The Walnuts School, Simpson, Bletchley, Bucks. 8 5–14 Boys and Girls Rees Thomas School, Hawkins Road, Cambridge 12 4–16 Boys and Girls Alderbrook School, Buxton Road, Chinley, Stockport 22 2–16 Boys and Girls Abbeyfield School, Abbey Road, Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon 28 5–16 Boys and Girls Downham School, Horn Lane, Plymstock, Plymouth 18 5–16 Boys and Girls
Health and Social Security by hospital authorities for 1972 showed that some 1,500 children in hospitals for the men-tally handicapped were not receiving any education, which was over 1,000 less than in the previous year.
§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the facilities for grammar school education for the deaf available in England; and if he will obtain and publish comparable information for Scotland and Wales.
§ Mr. Armstrong
The Mary Hare Grammar School in Berkshire caters for about 180 hearing-impaired boys and girls. Burwood Park School in Surrey provides secondary education with a technical bias for some 50 boys of more than average ability. Both are boarding schools and admit pupils from any part of the country who satisfy the admission requirements. My right hon. Friend understands that there are not selective secondary schools for the deaf in Scotland or Wales, but suitable Scottish and Welsh pupils are accepted at the two English schools.
§ Mr. Hatton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the residential schools which cater for primary children who are born spastic, are severely mentally retarded, and suffer from other handicaps such as partial hearing or blindness.
§ Mr. Armstrong
Residential schools which are known to cater for children of primary age who are spastic, ESN (Severe) and have further handicaps are listed below. In addition, some other schools for physically handicapped children and many hospital schools may accept children with such combinations of handicaps. It is however impossible to say whether a child is suitable for a particular school without a careful and comprehensive assessment of his or her needs.115W
Oaklands Park School, Oaklands Park, Dawlish 41 5–16 Boys and Girls Limmington House School, St. Michael's Road, Basingstoke 20 5–16 Boys and Girls Parkfield School, Parkfield Road, Folkestone 24 3–16 Boys and Girls Stone Bay School, Stone Road, Broadstairs 24 3–16 Boys and Girls Sandon School, Sandon Close, Sandon Road, Grantham 20 5–16 Boys and Girls St. Bernard's School, Wood Lane, Louth 18 4–16 Boys and Girls Barndale House School, Howling Lane, Alnwick 32 5–16 Boys and Girls Robert Clive School, Hearne Way, Off Woodcote Way, Shrewsbury 40 3–16 Boys and Girls Fiveways School, llchester Road, Yeovil, Somerset 22 2–16 Boys and Girls Hazel Court School, Hazel Court, Shinewater Lane, Eastbourne 15 3–16 Boys and Girls Driffield School, Victoria Road, Driffield 20 5–16 Boys and Girls St. Francis De Sales School, 2 Beach Road, Hayling Island,Hampshire 50 5–16 Boys Mclntyre School, Westoning Manor, Westoning, Bedford 24 5–16 Boys and Girls Ravenswood Village Centre, Crowthorne, Berks 50 2–18 Boys and Girls Redcourt School, Hollincross Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire 30 5–16 Boys and Girls Southwood School, Holbrook, Derby 18 3–16 Boys and Girls Roffey House School, Horsham, Sussex 36 7–16Boys Sunfield Childrcns Home, Clent, Stourbridge, Worcs 93 4–19 Boys and Girls Manchester District School for Jewish Handicapped Children, Laskir House, Smedley Lane, Cheetham M/C8 18 2–16 Boys and Girls Mclntyre Schools Ltd., Mount Tabor Crescent, Wingrave, Bucks 30 3–16 B0ys and Girls Deans Farm School, Baveridge House, Cranborne, Dorset 16 8–16 Boys and Girls Farmhill House School, Paganhill, Strand 24 6.11 Boys and Girls Sheiling Curative Schools, Thornbury, Bristol 69 6–18 Boys and Girls St. Christophers School, Bristol 6 162 5–16 Boys and Girls Sheiling Curative Schools, Ringwood, Hants 68 6–18 Boys and Girls Meldreth Manor, Meldreth, Nr. Royston, Herts 120 7–16 Boys and Girls Irons Hall School, Holmbrook, Cumberland 62 5–16 Boys and Girls The Wilfred Pickles School for Spastics, Auddington, Stanford, Lines 68 5–14 Boys and Girls Ingfield Manor School, Billingshurst, Sussex 55 7–16 Boys and Girls Hawksworth Hall, Guisley, Nr. Leeds 29 5–11 Boys and Girls
§ Mr. Ronald Atkins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress has been made towards the establishment of regional councils to study comprehensive services for all hearing-impaired children; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Armstrong
My right hon. Friend is proposing to promote during the first half of 1975 a series of regional conferences at which local education authorities will be invited to consider, with the voluntary bodies concerned, the needs for all types of handicapped children within their region. The aim is to stimulate regional planning of special schools and other educational services, particularly for handicaps—such as hearing impairment —with a comparatively low incidence.