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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children entitled to free school meals attend a school which has more than 30 per cent. of such children in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (187139)

The requested information is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools1: School meal arrangements2—as at January 2007—England

FSM rates as used in the achievement and attainment tables3

All pupils4

Maintained primary

Maintained secondary

Maintained primary

Maintained secondary

Schools where 30 per cent. or less of the school population are known to be eligible for FSM5

Number of schools

14,349

2,946

14,837

2,965

Number of pupils

3,097,825

2,592,959

3,418,832

2,947,037

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

328,860

280,072

367,847

296,134

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

10.6

10.8

10.8

10.0

Schools where more than 30 per cent. of the school population are known to be eligible for FSM6

Number of schools

3,012

397

2,524

378

Number of pupils

753,538

316,155

691,917

325,447

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

322,849

131,208

287,658

133,567

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

42.8

41.5

41.6

41.0

Total

Number of schools

17,361

3,343

17,361

3,343

Number of pupils

3,851,363

645,015

4,110,749

3,272,484

Number of pupil known to be eligible for free school meals

651,709

411,280

655,505

429,701

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

16.9

63.8

15.9

13.1

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. Excludes city technology colleges and academies.

2 Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration.

3 Includes part time pupils aged 5 to 15 and full time pupils aged up to and including 15.

4 Includes all pupils, regardless of their age.

5 Selects those schools where percentage of school population known to be eligible for FSM is 30 per cent. or less.

6 Selects those schools where percentage of school population known to be eligible for FSM is more than 30 per cent.

Source:

School Census