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Academies: Free School Meals

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which academies the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is (a) higher and (b) lower than the corresponding proportion in the local school catchment area; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The annual School Census for January 2007 shows that of the 46 academies then open, 10—including four former city technology colleges (CTCs)—had a lower proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals than the proportion living in the local authority area:

St Paul's Academy, Greenwich;

Burlington Danes Academy, Hammersmith and Fulham;

Habedashers' Aske's Hatcham Academy (former CTC);

Sandwell Academy, Sandwell;

Walsall Academy, Walsall;

Salford City Academy, Salford;

Dixons City Academy (former CTC), Bradford;

The Kings Academy, Middlesbrough;

Macmillan Academy (former CTC), Middlesbrough; and

Landau Forte College (former CTC), Derby.

The 36 academies with a higher proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals than the proportion living in the local authority area are

Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney;

Petchey Academy, Hackney;

Lambeth Academy, Lambeth;

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy, Lewisham;

City of London Academy, Southwark; the Academy at Peckham, Southwark;

Harris Academy, Bermondsey, Southwark;

Harris Girls' Academy, East Dulwich, Southwark;

Paddington Academy, Westminster;

Westminster Academy, Westminster;

London Academy, Barnet;

Business Academy, Bexley;

Capital City Academy, Brent;

West London Academy, Ealing;

Greig City Academy, Haringey;

Stockley Academy, Hillingdon;

Harefield Academy, Hiliingdon;

Harris Academy, Merton;

St Mark's Church of England Academy, Merton;

Walthamstow Academy; Waltham Forest;

Grace Academy, Solihull; the Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool;

North Liverpool Academy, Liverpool;

Manchester Academy, Manchester;

Barnsley Academy, Barnsley;

Trinity Academy, Doncaster;

Sheffield Park Academy, Sheffield;

Sheffield Springs Academy, Sheffield;

David Young Community Academy, Leeds; the City Academy Bristol, City of Bristol;

Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough;

John Madejski Academy, Reading;

Gateway Academy, Thurrock;

Marlowe Academy, Kent;

Djanogly City Academy, City of Nottingham; and

Northampton Academy, Northamptonshire.

Details of the number and proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals in each academy and their local authorities are given in the following table.

Academies Local authority
Predecessor academy Year open Local authority Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Number known to be eligible for free meals Percentage known to be eligible for free meals
St. Pauls Academy 2005 Greenwich 179 25.6 4,050 28.1
Mossbourne Community Academy 2004 Hackney 249 40.6 2,460 37.3
Petchey Academy 2006 Hackney 86 47.8 2,460 37.3
Burlington Danes Academy 2006 Hammersmith and Fulham 166 20.6 1,520 25.3
Lambeth Academy 2004 Lambeth 229 43.0 3,060 37.4
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College(1) 2005 Lewisham 181 17.5 2,860 25.7
Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy 2005 Lewisham 321 44.1 2,860 25.7
City of London Academy 2003 Southwark 273 36.5 2,660 31.9
The Academy at Peckham 2003 Southwark 530 50.8 2,660 31.9
Harris Academy, Bermondsey 2006 Southwark 532 60.6 2,660 31.9
Harris Girls' Academy, East Dulwich 2006 Southwark 312 40.6 2,660 31.9
Paddington Academy 2006 Westminster 428 54.7 1990 29.7
Westminster Academy 2006 Westminster 304 40.7 1990 29.7
London Academy 2004 Barnet 432 43.0 2,920 15.0
The Business Academy, Bexley 2002 Bexley 543 39.2 1,500 8.1
Capital City Academy 2003 Brent 313 34.9 3,750 22.6
West London Academy 2003 Ealing 439 40.6 3,930 25.6
Greig City Academy 2002 Haringey 251 37.4 4,010 33.8
Stockley Academy 2004 Hillingdon 274 40.8 2,880 16.8
The Harefield Academy 2005 Hillingdon 88 17.4 2,880 16.8
Harris Academy, Merton 2006 Merton 195 30.0 880 12.2
St Marks Church of England Academy 2006 Merton 194 27.1 880 12.2
Walthamstow Academy 2006 Waltham Forest 214 31.7 3,270 24.7
Sandwell Academy 2006 Sandwell 26 14.4 4,020 20.3
Grace Academy 2006 Solihull 319 29.6 1,440 10.1
Walsall Academy 2003 Walsall 82 12.0 3,480 16.8
The Academy of St Francis of Assisi 2005 Liverpool 312 47.2 8,430 27.8
North Liverpool Academy 2006 Liverpool 406 41.1 8,430 27.8
Manchester Academy 2003 Manchester 399 51.2 8,930 38.6
Salford City Academy 2005 Salford 105 18.0 2,650 23.3
The Barnsley Academy 2006 Barnsley 159 37.5 2,150 16.2
Trinity Academy 2005 Doncaster 176 16.4 2,780 13.8
Sheffield Park Academy 2006 Sheffield 385 36.3 4,170 14.3
Sheffield Springs Academy 2006 Sheffield 342 34.9 4,170 14.3
Dixons City Academy(1) 2005 Bradford 59 7.2 8,070 23.7
David Young Community Academy 2006 Leeds 371 42.1 7,450 16.0
The City Academy, Bristol 2003 Bristol, City of 381 39.7 2,600 17.1
Unity City Academy 2002 Middlesbrough 466 45.0 1,750 31.8
The King's Academy 2003 Middlesbrough 293 25.8 1,750 31.8
Macmillan Academy(1) 2005 Middlesbrough 293 25.8 1,750 31.8
Landau Forte College(1) 2006 Derby 88 11.2 2,450 15.6
John Madejski Academy 2006 Reading 150 30.4 630 11.4
The Gateway Academy 2006 Thurrock 296 36.2 860 10.7
The Marlowe Academy 2005 Kent 187 31.5 7,790 7.9
Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham 2003 Nottingham 446 32.7 3,750 27.9
Northampton Academy 2004 Northamptonshire 193 16.3 2,510 5.5
(1) Former CTC.

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