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Free School Meals

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained secondary schools did not have specialist status as at 1 October 2007; what the average level of free school meal eligibility of those schools was; and if he will make a statement. (166688)

The available information is given in the table and represents the situation as at January 2007.

Maintained secondary schools1: school meal arrangements by specialist status2, as at January 2007, England

Maintained secondary schools

Schools with specialist status

Other schools

Total maintained secondary schools

Number of schools

2,606

737

3,343

Number of pupils

2,782,090

490,390

3,272,480

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

344,870

84,830

429,700

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

12.4

17.3

13.1

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.