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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the proportion of students in receipt of free school meals is in (a) religious and (b) non-religious schools. (253493)

The requested information is shown in the table:

Primary, secondary and special schools1: school meal arrangements by denomination of school2—As at January 2008: England

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Religious schools3

11.5

Other schools

15.7

1 Includes middle schools as deemed, CTCs, academies and non-maintained special schools. Excludes hospital schools.

2 Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration. Includes boarders.

3 Includes schools of all denominations and religions.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools had (a) between 30 and 50 per cent. and (b) more than 50 per cent. of pupils in receipt of free school meals in 2008. (256347)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children resident in Hemel Hempstead received free school meals in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last five years. (256487)

Information for 1997 is not available. Information for the last five years is shown in the following table:

Number of children1,2 resident in Hemel Hempstead constituency eligible for free school meals

Number

2004

1,686

2005

1,636

2006

1,533

2007

1,617

2008

1,543

1 Includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely or dually (main) registered.

2 Includes pupils attending nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, CTCs and academies.

Source:

School Census