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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
More schools get specialist status
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Ministers want half of England's comprehensives to specialise
Scores of schools have been given specialist status, under a controversial government programme aimed at improving standards and spreading diversity.

Another 79 new specialist schools in England have been announced by the Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, bringing the total number of such schools to 684.

Click here for a list of the new ones

She has also named 425 new beacon schools - which are given extra cash in return for sharing best practice with other schools.

The announcement brings the total number of beacon schools in the English primary and secondary sectors, to 1,000.


We want all schools to be able to build on their own unique character, play to their strengths and be a part of an education system that celebrates diversity

Estelle Morris, Education Secretary
Specialist schools become centres of excellence in a subject area, such as technology, business, sport, the arts or modern languages.

Announcing the new wave of schools at a specialist school in east London, the Education Secretary Estelle Morris said the government aimed to build on the improvements in standards made in primary schools.

"These new specialist and beacon schools will help us to realise that aim by fostering a culture of innovation and allowing schools to learn from each other," she said.

"We want all schools to be able to build on their own unique character, play to their strengths and be a part of an education system that celebrates diversity."

Controversial scheme

The specialist school scheme is controversial because the nominated schools attract extra funding and are allowed to select up to 10% of children on aptitude.

They also have to attract funding from the private sector, which is matched by the government.

Estelle Morris
Estelle Morris denies the scheme is socially divisive
Critics say the scheme has created a two-tier system which works against most ordinary state schools.

But the government believes the schools are important in raising standards and increasing diversity in the comprehensive system.

Ms Morris denied the schools were socially divisive, saying it was not only middle-class schools which could benefit from specialist status.

"We want an education system where every single school can play to its strengths - all those schools that are ready for specialist school status and want it can take it on," she said.

'Not rationed'

Critics tended to view the specialist school programme and the diversity programme as rationed, but it was not, she added.

"I believe that every single school can achieve its own ethos and mission and our task it to help," Ms Morris said.

Of the 79 new specialist schools, 33 will be technology colleges, 18 will be language colleges, 16 will concentrate on sports and 12 on arts.

The announcement of the new specialist schools means the government has exceeded its target of creating 650 by September.

The plan is for half of all comprehensive schools in England to be specialist centres.

East Midlands

The Gleed Girls School
Spalding
Lincolnshire

Technology College

Aldercar Community School
Langley Mill
Derbyshire

Language College

Hamilton High School
Leicester

Technology College

Lees Brook Community School
Chaddesden
Derby

Sports College

Lincoln Christís Hospital School
Lincoln

Language College

Longslade Community College
Leicester

Technology College

Sir William Robertson High School
Lincoln

Language College

Swanwick Hall School
Derbyshire

Technology College

Eastern

City Of Norwich School
Norwich

Technology College

Clacton County High School
Clacton-on-Sea
Essex

Performing Arts College

Cromer High School
Cromer
Norfolk

Language College

The Notley High School
Braintree
Essex

Technology College

Southend High School for Boys
Southend-on-Sea
Essex

Language College

St George's School
Harpenden
Hertfordshire

Technology College

Westfield Community School
Watford
Hertfordshire

Technology College

London

Archbishop Michael Ramsey
Camberwell
London

Technology College

Brittons School
South Hornchurch
Essex

Technology College

Claremont High School
Harrow

Performing Arts College

Central Foundation Girlsí School
London

Performing Arts College

Dagenham Priory Comprehensive School
Dagenham
Essex

Performing Arts College

Eastlea Community School
Canning Town
London

Technical College

Geoffrey Chaucer Community School
London

Technology College

Lister Community School
Plaistow

Performing Arts College

Quintin Kynaston School
London
NW8 0NL

Technology College

Seven Kings High School
Ilford
Essex

Technology College

North East

Ashington Community High School
Northumberland
NE63 8DH

Sports College

John Spence Community High School
North Shields
Tyne and Wear

Sports College

Joseph Swan School
Gateshead

Technology College

Kings Manor School
Middlesbrough
TS5 7JY

Sports College

Monkwearmouth School
Sunderland

Performing Arts College

Seaham School
Seaham
County Durham

Technology College

North West and Merseyside

All Saints Catholic High School
Rossendale
Lancashire

Language College

Bebington High School
Wirral
Merseyside

Sports College

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
Liverpool

Sports College

Park High School
Birkenhead
Wirral

Sports College

The Queen Katherine School
Kendal
Cumbria

Technology College

Stretford High School
Manchester
M32 0XA

Language College

Cowley High School
St Helenís
Merseyside

Language College

St Chadís Catholic High School
Runcorn
Cheshire

Language College

St Julieís Catholic High School
Liverpool

Language College

South East

Arbour Vale Special School
Slough

Joint Sports College

Wexham School
Slough

Joint Sports College

Bexhill High School
Bexhill-on-Sea

Technology College

Connaught School for Girls
Leytonstone
London

Language College

Holmesdale Community School
Snodland
Kent

Technology College

Uplands Community College
Wadhurst
East Sussex

Technology College

South West

Beaminster School
Beaminster
Dorset

Technology College

Archway School
Stroud
Gloucestershire

Technology College

Hayle Community School
Hayle
Cornwall

Language College

The Kings of Wessex Community School
Cheddar
Somerset

Technology College

Oakmead School
Bournemouth
Dorset

Technology College

Portway Community School
Bristol

Sports College

West Midlands

The Arthur Terry School
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands

Performing Arts College

Baverstock School
Birmingham

Sports College

Bridgnorth Endowed School
Bridgnorth
Shropshire

Technology College

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School & Sixth Form Centre
Birmingham

Technology College

de Ferrers School
Horninglow
Burton on Trent

Technology College

The Elgar High School
Worcester

Technology College

Haybridge High School
Hagley
Worcestershire

Technology College

Holden Lane High School
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire

Sports College

Kings Norton Girlsí School
Birmingham

Language College

Shenley Court School and Post 16 Centre
Birmingham

Performing Arts College

St Peterís CE High School
Penkhull
Stoke on Trent

Language College

Yorkshire and the Humber

Airedale High School (Community)
Castleford
West Yorkshire

Performing Arts College

All Saints Catholic High School
Sheffield

Sports College

Birley Community College
Sheffield

Technology College

Brayton High School
Selby
Yorkshire

Technology College

Corpus Christi Catholic High School
Leeds

Technology College

The Grange School
Bradford

Technology College

Handsworth Grange School
Sheffield

Sports College

Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate
North Yorkshire

Language College

Malet Lambert School
Hull

Language College

Meadowhead School
Sheffield

Language College

Merlyn Rees Community High School
Leeds

Joint Performing Arts College

Rodillian School
Wakefield

Joint Performing Arts College

Rhodesway School
Bradford

Visual Arts College status

Tong School
Bradford

Joint Sports College

Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College
Bradford

Joint Sports College

Wath Upon Dearne Comprehensive School
Rotherham

Language College

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