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Free School Meals: Leeds

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, column 1173W, on free school meals: Leeds, how many of the 1,180 students eligible for free school meals as at January 2009 in Leeds North West constituency regularly received school meals during that period. (322813)

Information on how regularly pupils take school meals is not available. The available information on the numbers of children taking free school meals on the day of the census is shown in the table, together with the numbers of children known to be eligible for free school meals.

Maintained nursery, primary1 and state-funded secondary1, 2 schools: School meal arrangements, as at January 2009, Leeds, North-West constituency

Number of pupils3

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals3, 4

Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals

Number of pupils taking free school meals5

Percentage taking free school meals

Nursery and primary schools1

4,620

520

11.3

440

9.5

State funded secondary schools1, 2

5,200

660

12.7

440

8.5

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. 2 Includes city technology colleges and academies. 3 Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. Also includes post-16 pupils. 4 Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim. 5 Number of pupils taking school meals on the day of the census. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census.