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GCE A-level: Disadvantaged

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils were entered for A-levels in 2008. (251311)

The available information on pupils entered for GCE/VCE A/AS-level identified by eligibility for free school meals is contained within table 13 in the “Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2007/08” SFR published in November 2008.

This shows that the number of pupils aged 16-18 in maintained schools who were entered for GCE/VCE A/AS-levels in 2008 was 147,394. Of these, 5,049 pupils were eligible for free school meals, a proportion of 3.4 per cent. A further 0.6 per cent. were unclassified.

These figures do not cover pupils in sixth form colleges.