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Specialised Schools

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 8th May 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 how many secondary schools entitled to but which have not yet become specialist schools there are (a) in each local authority area (b) with a proportion of children entitled to free school meals of (i) under 10 per cent., (ii) over 20 per cent., (iii) over 30 per cent. and (iv) over 40 per cent. and (c) which have applied for, but not been granted, specialist status in the last three years.

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)

There are 343 secondary schools eligible to join the Specialist Schools Programme but which have not yet submitted a successful application. The numbers are listed in the following table per local authority. Of these 343 (i) 86 schools have under 10 per cent. of children with free school meals, (ii) 95 schools have over 10 per cent. of children with free school meals, (iii) 78 schools have over 20 per cent. of children with free school meals, (iv) 44 schools have over 30 per cent. of children with free school meals, (v) 33 schools have over 40 per cent. of children with free school meals and (vi) there are seven schools for which we do not have the information. 134 of the schools have applied for specialist status in the last three years but have not been successful. Some of these have schools have applied on more that one occasion during that period.

Local authorities Number not a specialist school Number of non-specialist schools with 10% of children on free school meals Number over 10% Number over 20% Number over 30% Number over 40% Number for which we have no fsm data Number of eligible schools that have applied for specialist status in last 3 years
Barking and Dagenham, LB of 2 1 1
Barnet, LB of 1 1 1
Barnsley 3 1 2 2
Bedfordshire 2 1 1 2
Bexley, LB of 3 1 2 1 2
Birmingham 4 1 3 2
Blackburn with Darwen 2 2
Bolton 2 1 1 1
Bournemouth 1 1
Bracknell Forest 2 1 1 2
Bradford 3 2 1 1
Brighton and Hove 2 2 1
Bristol, city of 4 2 1 1
Buckinghamshire 4 2 1 1 3
Bury 2 1
Calderdale 2 2 1
Camden, LB of 1 1 1
Cambridgeshire 1 1
Cheshire 2 1 1 1
Coventry 2 1 1 1
Croydon, LB of 3 3 2
Cumbria 6 3 2 1 2
Darlington 1 1 1
Derby, city of 2 2 2
Derbyshire 5 1 4 1
Doncaster 1 1 1
Dorset 1 1
Dudley 4 1 1 2
East Riding of Yorkshire 1 1 1
East Sussex 2 2 1
Enfield, LB of 3 1 1 1 1
Essex 9 2 3 4 3
Gloucestershire 3 1 2 2
Greenwich, LB of 5 1 3 1 1
Hackney, LB of 1 1
Halton 2 1 1
Hammersmith and Fulham 2 1 1
Hampshire 6 1 3 2 2
Haringey, LB of 2 1 1 1
Havering, LB of 1 1
Hertfordshire 6 4 2 4
Hillingdon, LB of 4 1 3 2
Hounslow, LB of 1 1 1
Isle of Wight 1 1
Islington, LB of 1 1
Kent 8 2 4 2 5
Kingston upon Hull, city of 5 2 2 1
Kirklees 1 1
Knowsley 3 1 2
Lancashire 12 3 2 4 3 1
Leeds 6 1 2 3 1
Leicester, city of 3 2 1 2
Leicestershire 20 15 5 4
Lewisham, LB of 2 1 1
Lincolnshire 11 4 5 2
Liverpool 2 1 1 2
Luton 2 2
Manchester 4 4 4 2
Medway 5 1 3 1 2
Merton, LB of 1 1 1
Milton Keynes 3 1 1 1 2
Newcastle Upon Tyne 1 1
Newham, LB of 3 1 2 2
Norfolk 5 4 1 5
North East Lincolnshire 1 1 1
North Lincolnshire 1 1 1
North Tyneside 1 1
North Yorkshire 4 1 3
Northamptonshire 5 1 4 1
Northumberland 2 1 1 2
Nottingham, City of 7 2 1 4 1
Nottinghamshire 6 3 3 2
Oldham 3 2 1 2
Oxfordshire 1 1
Peterborough, City of 2 1 1 1
Poole 3 2 1 1
Portsmouth 2 1 1 2
Reading 1 1
Redbridge, LB of 1 1
Redcar and Cleveland 1 1 1
Richmond upon Thames, LB of 2 1 1 1
Rochdale 2 1 1 1
Rotherham 1 1 1
Salford 5 1 3 1 1 2
Sandwell 3 2 1 1
Sefton 4 1 3 1
Sheffield 2 2 1
Shropshire 1 1 1
Slough 2 1 1
Solihull 1 1
Somerset 2 2 1
South Gloucestershire 1 1 1
South Tyneside 2 1 1 2
Southampton 1 1
Southend on Sea 2 1 1 1
St. Helens 1 1
Staffordshire 4 3 1 3
Stockport 2 2 1
Stockton on Tees 4 1 2 1 3
Stoke on Trent 2 1 1 2
Suffolk 1 1 1
Sunderland 3 1 2
Surrey 10 7 3 2
Sutton, LB of 1 1 1
Swindon 1 1 1
Tameside 1 1
Telford and Wrekin 4 1 2 1 2
Torbay 2 1 1 1
Tower Hamlets, LB of 1 1
Waltham Forest, LB of 4 1 2 1 1
Wandsworth, LB of 2 1 1 1
Warrington 1 1 1
Warwickshire 1 1 1
West Sussex 2 1 1
Westminster, LB of 1 1 1
Wiltshire 2 1 1 1
Windsor and Maidenhead, RB of 1 1 1
Wirral 1 1
Wokingham 1 1 1
Wolverhampton 1 1
Worcestershire 1 1
No data schools 1 1
Total 343 86 95 78 44 33 7 134

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