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Free School Meals

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of schoolchildren were (a) eligible for and (b) receiving free school meals in Torbay in each year since 1997. (77866)

The available information is shown in the following table.

Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools1: school meal arrangements. January 1999-2006 (provisional). Torbay local authority area2

Maintained nursery and primary

Number on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

Percentage taking free school meals

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

1999

10,254

1,944

19.0

2,368

23.1

2000

10,288

1,814

17.6

2,255

21.9

2001

10,328

1,505

14.6

1,999

19.4

2002

10,399

1,536

14.8

1,932

18.6

2003

10,325

1,473

14.3

1,846

17.9

2004

10,306

1,523

14.8

1,958

19.0

2005

10,128

1,443

14.2

1,799

17.8

20064

9,836

1,312

13.3

1,625

16.5

Maintained secondary

Number on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

Percentage taking free school meals

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

1999

8,467

1,023

12.1

1,371

16.2

2000

8,552

1,008

11.8

1,285

15.0

2001

8,708

875

10.0

1,210

13.9

2002

8,863

849

9.6

1,265

14.3

2003

9,024

933

10.3

1,250

13.9

2004

9,211

951

10.3

1.268

13.8

2005

9,183

850

9.3

1,235

13.4

20064

9,237

792

8.6

1,152

12.5

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Torbay local authority came into effect in April 1998 as a result of local government reorganisation, therefore there is no data available prior to this. 3 Prior to 2003 ‘number on roll’ includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils from 2003. 4 Provisional. Source: Schools Census