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Free School Meals

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of children qualifying for free school meals had (a) one parent, (b) two parents and (c) neither parent in paid work in each year for which figures are available. (141691)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children selected by aptitude to attend (a) city academies and (b) specialist schools are in receipt of free school meals. (141745)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The following table shows the number and percentage of pupils in academies and specialist schools known to be eligible for free school meals.

Maintained secondary schools and academies1: number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals: As at January 2007 (Provisional): England

Number of pupils on roll2

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals2

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Maintained secondary schools

3,273,520

429,930

13.1

of which:

Specialist schools

2,782,620

345,050

12.4

Academies

40,810

13,610

33.3

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census