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Free School Meals

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils were entitled to free school meals in each local education authority in 2006-07, ranked from highest to lowest; and if he will make a statement. (152142)

Information on percentages of pupils entitled to free school meals in each local authority, ranked highest to lowest, in 2006-07 is shown in the following tables.

School meal eligibility1 in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools January 2007 (provisional)—ranked by local authority area, England

Maintained nursery and primary schools1

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

Tower Hamlets

52.4

Islington

42.6

Hammersmith and Fulham

42.2

Camden

42.1

Manchester

40.5

Hackney

38.3

Kensington and Chelsea

37.7

Lambeth

37.3

Westminster

35.3

Southwark

33.6

Birmingham

33.1

Haringey

32.0

Greenwich

31.0

Liverpool

30.3

Newham

29.5

Newcastle upon Tyne

29.1

Salford

28.7

Knowsley

28.1

Wandsworth

27.5

Middlesbrough

27.3

Brent

27.3

Lewisham

26.4

Nottingham

26.4

South Tyneside

25.8

Stoke-on-Trent

25.8

Blackpool

25.3

Enfield

25.2

Waltham Forest

24.7

Wirral

24.6

Barking and Dagenham

24.0

Leicester

23.0

Rochdale

23.0

Ealing

22.6

Blackburn with Darwen

22.3

Luton

22.1

Hounslow

21.6

Oldham

21.4

Hartlepool

21.3

Bristol, City of

21.2

Croydon

21.0

Southampton

20.9

Redcar and Cleveland

20.8

Halton

20.5

Sandwell

20.1

Coventry

20.1

Bradford

20.1

Wolverhampton

19.9

Gateshead

19.8

Walsall

19.6

Sunderland

19.3

St. Helens

19.2

Derby

19.2

Barnet

19.1

North East Lincolnshire

18.9

Leeds

18.7

Durham

18.3

Darlington

18.1

Isle of Wight

18.0

Redbridge

17.8

Telford and Wrekin

17.7

Doncaster

17.7

Rotherham

17.0

Southend-on-Sea

17.0

Barnsley

16.9

Hillingdon

16.8

Sheffield

16.8

Harrow

16.6

Stockton-on-Tees

16.5

Bolton

16.4

Plymouth

16.4

Peterborough

16.4

Tameside

16.3

Slough

16.2

North Tyneside

16.0

Torbay

15.9

Brighton and Hove

15.9

Reading

15.9

Kirklees

15.8

Portsmouth

15.8

Dudley

15.7

Wakefield

15.6

Sefton

15.0

Calderdale

14.8

Kingston upon Hull, City of

14.8

Wigan

14.6

Bury

14.2

Thurrock

13.7

Norfolk

13.3

North Lincolnshire

13.2

Milton Keynes

13.1

Lancashire

13.0

Sutton

12.8

Medway

12.8

Cumbria

12.4

Derbyshire

12.0

Merton

11.9

Nottinghamshire

11.9

Northumberland

11.7

Bromley

11.7

Havering

11.3

East Sussex

11.1

Stockport

11.1

Kent

11.1

Solihull

11.0

Cornwall

10.9

Bexley

10.9

Trafford

10.7

Bedfordshire

10.5

North Somerset

10.4

Bournemouth

10.3

Cheshire

10.2

Suffolk

10.1

Staffordshire

10.1

Essex

9.9

York

9.7

Swindon

9.7

Warwickshire

9.7

Devon

9.6

Bath and North East Somerset

9.5

Warrington

9.5

Gloucestershire

9.4

Worcestershire

9.1

Cambridgeshire

9.0

Oxfordshire

9.0

Shropshire

8.9

Kingston upon Thames

8.8

Hampshire

8.6

Richmond upon Thames

8.5

Somerset

8.1

Hertfordshire

8.0

East Riding of Yorkshire

8.0

North Yorkshire

7.9

Surrey

7.4

South Gloucestershire

7.4

Lincolnshire

7.3

West Berkshire

7.3

Herefordshire

7.2

Leicestershire

7.2

Northamptonshire

7.2

Wiltshire

6.7

Windsor and Maidenhead

6.6

Bracknell Forest

6.5

Poole

5.4

West Sussex

5.2

Dorset

4.9

Buckinghamshire

4.9

Rutland

4.5

Wokingham

4.3

Isles of Scilly

x

City of London4

n/a

Maintained secondary schools2

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

Tower Hamlets

58.8

Islington

41.4

Newham

39.2

Manchester

38.6

Lambeth

37.4

Hackney

37.3

Haringey

33.8

Camden

33.4

Knowsley

33.3

Birmingham

31.9

Southwark

31.9

Middlesbrough

31.8

Westminster

29.7

Greenwich

28.1

Nottingham

27.9

Liverpool

27.8

Barking and Dagenham

27.7

Kensington and Chelsea

26.6

Lewisham

25.7

Ealing

25.6

Hammersmith and Fulham

25.3

Waltham Forest

24.8

Wandsworth

24.0

Bradford

23.7

Rochdale

23.4

Salford

23.3

South Tyneside

23.1

Blackburn with Darwen

22.7

Brent

22.6

Wirral

22.0

Leicester

21.7

Blackpool

21.4

Luton

21.3

Sandwell

20.3

Newcastle upon Tyne

20.2

Oldham

20.0

Enfield

19.7

Stoke-on-Trent

19.2

Redcar and Cleveland

19.2

Harrow

19.2

Wolverhampton

18.9

Kingston Upon Hull, City of

18.9

Hartlepool

18.5

Croydon

18.4

Hounslow

18.3

Halton

18.1

Bristol, City of

17.1

Telford and Wrekin

17.0

St. Helens

16.9

Gateshead

16.9

Coventry

16.9

Hillingdon

16.8

Tameside

16.8

Walsall

16.8

Southampton

16.3

Barnsley

16.2

North East Lincolnshire

16.0

Redbridge

16.0

Leeds

16.0

Stockton-on-Tees

15.8

Richmond upon Thames

15.6

Derby

15.6

Peterborough

15.6

Durham

15.5

Kirklees

15.5

Dudley

15.3

Barnet

15.0

Isle of Wight

15.0

Brighton and Hove

14.8

Bolton

14.8

Portsmouth

14.7

Rotherham

14.6

Sefton

14.5

Sheffield

14.3

Sunderland

13.9

Darlington

13.8

Doncaster

13.8

Bury

13.6

Slough

13.5

Wigan

13.3

Wakefield

12.8

Calderdale

12.4

Merton

12.2

Torbay

11.7

Milton Keynes

11.7

Lancashire

11.6

Reading

11.4

Nottinghamshire

11.4

Stockport

11.3

Plymouth

11.2

North Lincolnshire

11.1

North Tyneside

11.0

Thurrock

10.7

Southend-on-Sea

10.7

Cumbria

10.2

Northumberland

10.1

Solihull

10.1

Bournemouth

10.0

Norfolk

10.0

East Sussex

9.7

Bromley

9.6

Cornwall

9.4

Havering

9.4

Medway

9.1

Derbyshire

9.1

Trafford

8.7

Bedfordshire

8.7

North Somerset

8.5

Suffolk

8.4

Swindon

8.4

Bexley

8.1

Worcestershire

8.0

Devon

8.0

Cheshire

8.0

York

8.0

Kingston upon Thames

7.9

Kent

7.9

Essex

7.8

Staffordshire

7.7

Somerset

7.6

Herefordshire

7.5

Cambridgeshire

7.4

Oxfordshire

7.3

Warrington

7.3

Sutton

7.2

East Riding of Yorkshire

7.2

Shropshire

6.0

Warwickshire

6.8

Lincolnshire

6.5

Hertfordshire

6.4

Hampshire

6.4

Gloucestershire

6.4

South Gloucestershire

8.1

Bath and North East Somerset

6.0

North Yorkshire

5.9

Dorset

5.9

West Sussex

5.8

Leicestershire

5.5

Northamptonshire

5.5

Buckinghamshire

5.4

Surrey

5.4

Poole

5.3

West Berkshire

5.0

Wiltshire

4.8

Wokingham

4.7

Bracknell Forest

4.7

Rutland

4.6

Windsor and Maidenhead

4.1

City of London

3

Isles of Scilly

3

x = Based on less than three pupils.

n/a = Not available.

1 Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

2 Includes middle schools as deemed.

3 Not applicable. No schools of this type.

4 There is one maintained primary school in City of London local authority. When the provisional freeze of the school census database was taken this school had not provided its data which means provisional 2007 figures are not available for City of London local authority.

Source:

School Census