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International Baccalaureate

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools offer an International Baccalaureate course; and if he will make a statement. (325304)

The Department does not hold information on the courses offered by schools. However, information on the courses entered by students is available.

69 schools1 entered students for an International Baccalaureate (IB) during the 2008/09 academic year. A further 22 FE colleges had IB candidates in 2008/09.

1 Maintained and independent schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses were entitled to free school meals in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.[325306]

As collected in the 2009 autumn school census, 1,679 students were studying International Baccalaureate courses, of these 5.3 per cent. were eligible to receive free school meals (89 students).