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.