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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex received free school meals in each of the last 10 years. (267247)

The requested information is shown in the table, together with the numbers of children eligible for free school meals.

Maintained nursery and primary schools1 and state-funded secondary schools1,2: pupils taking3 and known to be eligible for free school meals: As at January each year in East Sussex local authority and Eastbourne parliamentary constituency

East Sussex local authority

Maintained Nursery and Primary Schools

State-funded Secondary Schools

No. on roll4

No. of pupils taking free school meals

% taking free school meals

No. known to be eligible for free school meals

% known to be eligible for free school meals

No. on roll4

No. of pupils taking free school meals

% taking free school meals

No. known to be eligible for free school meals

% known to be eligible for free school meals

1999

38,540

4,620

12.0

5,930

15.4

26,360

2,580

9.8

3,760

14.3

2000

38,430

4,460

11.6

5,760

15.0

27,130

2,660

9.8

3,760

13.9

2001

38,270

4,250

11.1

5,640

14.7

27,810

2,500

9.0

3,640

13.1

2002

38,050

4,030

10.6

5,250

13.8

28,090

2,310

8.2

3,370

12.0

2003

37,760

3,980

10.5

5,140

13.6

28,610

2,330

8.2

3,210

11.2

2004

37,120

3,760

10.1

4,850

13.1

29,070

2,200

7.6

3,290

11.3

2005

36,980

3,640

9.8

4,630

12.5

28,820

2,160

7.5

3,160

11.0

2006

36,290

3,490

9.6

4,230

11.7

28,710

2,310

8.0

2,980

10.4

2007

35,790

3,090

8.6

3,980

11.1

28,520

2,020

7.1

2,780

9.7

2008

35,480

3,200

9.0

3,940

11.1

28,160

2,200

7.8

2,660

9.5

Eastbourne parliamentary constituency

Maintained Nursery and Primary Schools

State-funded Secondary Schools

No. on roll4

No. of pupils taking free school meals

% taking free school meals

No. known to be eligible for free school meals

% known to be eligible for free school meals

No. on roll4

No. of pupils taking free school meals

% taking free school meals

No. known to be eligible for free school meals

% known to be eligible for free school meals

1999

7,030

960

13.6

1,260

17.9

4,650

600

13.0

900

19.2

2000

7,120

980

13.8

1,290

18.1

4,880

650

13.2

880

17.9

2001

7,060

960

13.6

1,270

18.0

5,210

590

11.4

830

15.9

2002

7,110

900

12.6

1,170

16.4

5,340

570

10.7

720

13.5

2003

7,210

920

12.7

1,200

16.7

5,570

550

9.8

780

14.0

2004

7,050

890

12.6

1,120

15.9

5,670

540

9.5

770

13.7

2005

7,010

840

11.9

1,100

15.7

5,690

500

8.8

760

13.3

2006

7,000

830

11.9

1,000

14.3

5,740

560

9.7

760

13.3

2007

6,950

730

10.5

960

13.8

5,790

480

8.2

710

12.3

2008

6,940

770

11.1

900

13.0

5,660

580

10.3

690

12.2

1 Includes middle-schools as deemed.

2 Includes city technology colleges and academies

3 Number of pupils who took a free school meal on the day of the January census

4 Prior to 2003, this includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection , this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils, from 2003.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils who may be eligible for free school meals but whose parents have not applied for them; and if he will make a statement. (267737)

Information on the number of pupils who may be eligible for free school meals but do not submit a claim is not collected by the Department.

The latest information on free school meals is published in Table E38, B9 and B20 of the Statistical First Release 09/2008: Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England: January 2008, this can be found at this website;

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000786/index.shtml

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Braintree, (b) Essex and (c) England received free school meals in each year since 1997. (268034)

The requested information is shown in the table, together with the numbers of children eligible for free school meals. The numbers receiving free school meals on Census day are regarded as fewer representatives than the numbers eligible.

Maintained nursery, maintained primary and state-funded secondary schools: school meal arrangements—as at January each year

Maintained nursery and primary schools1

State-funded secondary schools1,2

Number on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

Percentage taking free school meals

Number known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

Number on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

Percentage taking free school meals

Number known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals

Braintree

1997

8,840

1,100

12.5

1,350

15.3

4,860

470

9.7

620

12.8

1998

9,160

920

10.1

1,190

13.0

4,880

470

9.7

630

12.9

1999

9,320

850

9.1

1,090

11.7

4,990

430

8.7

580

11.6

2000

9,230

780

8.4

1,060

11.5

5,180

410

7.9

570

10.9

2001

9,350

740

7.9

940

10.0

5,390

400

7.5

590

10.9

2002

9,680

750

7.7

970

10.0

5,590

390

6.9

570

10.1

2003

9,690

700

7.3

910

9.3

5,660

410

7.2

530

9.3

2004

9,590

730

7.6

940

9.8

5,870

400

6.7

540

9.2

2005

9,450

690

7.3

830

8.8

5,980

400

6.7

530

8.8

2006

9,360

680

7.3

800

8.6

6,070

350

5.8

450

7.4

2007

9,280

690

7.4

780

8.3

6,040

340

5.6

420

70

2008

9,290

670

7.2

740

8.0

5,960

310

5.1

390

6.6

Essex

19974

136,680

18,670

13.7

23,110

16.9

97,620

9,240

9.5

12,540

12.8

19984

139,410

17,300

12.4

21,570

15.5

98,590

9,000

9.1

12,280

12.5

19995

113,130

11,910

10.5

15,480

13.7

82,190

6,620

8.1

9,050

11.0

20005

113,220

11,380

10.0

14,530

12.8

84,220

6,550

7.8

8,830

10.5

20015

112,740

10,320

9.2

13,180

11.7

86,250

6,110

7.1

8,600

10.0

20025

112,450

9,830

8.7

12,790

11.4

87,800

6,050

6.9

8,200

9.3

20035

111,440

9,790

8.8

12,400

11.1

89,500

6,000

6.7

7,990

8.9

20045

110,430

9,790

8.9

12,340

11.2

90,690

6,280

6.9

8,160

9.0

20055

108,690

9,580

8.8

11,790

10.8

90,910

6,040

6.6

7,770

8.5

20065

107,390

9,430

8.8

10,800

10.1

91,100

5,840

6.4

7,590

8.3

20075

105,860

9,130

8.6

10,530

9.9

90,530

5,430

6.0

7,030

7.8

20085

105,250

8,890

8.4

9,970

9.5

89,680

5,360

6.0

6,730

7.5

England

1997

4,479,450

775,740

17.3

944,590

21.1

3,052,280

384,150

12.6

556,250

18.2

1998

4,508,920

731,580

16.2

891,050

19.8

3,084,820

370,580

12.0

540,250

17.5

1999

4,507,660

690,320

15.3

853,020

18.9

3,134,470

370,510

11.8

527,340

16.8

2000

4,481,680

671,490

15.0

821,520

18.3

3,194,590

370,930

11.6

526,740

16.5

2001

4,451,220

631,640

14.2

783,510

17.6

3,740,130

355,700

9.5

512,320

13.7

2002

4,405,640

616,630

14.0

754,510

17.1

3,277,100

356,440

10.9

488,490

14.9

2003

4,350,260

604,910

13.9

731,610

16.8

3,328,730

353,000

10.6

482,920

14.5

2004

4,293,180

608,760

14.2

741,150

17.3

3,353,360

356,970

10.6

483,880

14.4

2005

4,243,110

568,350

13.4

717,230

16.9

3,349,220

341,810

10.2

473,740

14.1

2006

4,187,630

556,180

13.3

670,340

16.0

3,347,500

336,940

10.1

458,690

13.7

2007

4,148,390

544,370

13.1

658,910

15.9

3,325,620

327,110

9.8

445,070

13.4

2008

4,127,840

538,460

13.0

641,490

15.5

3,294,580

326,480

9.9

433,140

13.1

1 Includes middle-schools as deemed.

2 Includes City Technology Colleges and Academies.

3 Prior to 2003, this includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils, from 2003.

4 Before local authority reorganisation.

5 After local authority reorganisation.

Source:

School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) England received free school meals in the last period for which figures are available; (268221)

(2) what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) England ineligible for free school meals who are classified as living below the poverty line;

(3) what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils in Stoke-on-Trent who are eligible for free school meals and do not claim them.

The available information relates to January 2008 and is shown in the table:

Nursery and primary schools1, secondary schools2 and special schools3: School meal arrangements—Year: January 2008 (Final); Coverage: England

Number of pupils on roll4

Pupils taking free school meals5

Percentage taking free school meals

Pupils known to be eligible for free meals

Percentage known to be eligible for free meals

Nursery and primary schools1

England

4,127,840

538,460

13.0

641,490

15.5

Stoke on Trent

21,227

4,640

21.9

5,289

24.9

Secondary schools2

England

3,294,580

326,480

9.9

433,140

13.1

Stoke on Trent

13,629

1,948

14.3

2,561

18.8

Special schools3

England

90,690

24,520

27.0

28,680

31.6

Stoke on Trent

517

169

32.7

208

40.2

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes CTCs and academies

3 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools, excludes general hospital schools.

4 Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

5 The number of pupils recorded as taking a free meal on the Census date in January.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census

The information has been taken from Statistical First Release 09/2008: Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England: January 2008 which can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000786/index.shtml

No information is collected on the number of pupils who may be eligible for free school meals but do not submit a claim nor of children who may be living in poverty but are not eligible to receive free school meals.