Children: Disadvantaged

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of children eligible for free school meals in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1997.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The requested information is given in the table.

Primary and secondary schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals—position in January each year: 1997 to 2008—Leeds, West parliamentary constituency
Primary schools Secondary schools
Number of pupils( 2) Number or pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 3) Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Number of pupils( 2) Number or pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 3) Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
1997 8,984 2,349 26.1 3,635 1,029 28.3
1998 8,796 2,295 26.1 3,725 964 25.9
1999 8,609 2,182 25.3 3,834 1,026 26.8
2000 8,313 2,062 24.8 3,993 1,047 26.2
2001 8,152 2,059 25.3 4,042 1,075 26.6
2002 7,932 1,999 25.2 4,093 1,007 24.6
2003 7,690 2,004 26.1 4,137 1,027 24.8
2004 7,391 1,929 26.1 4,190 1,088 26.0
2005 7,159 1,885 26.3 4,157 1,079 26.0
2006 6,949 1,730 24.9 4,040 1,005 24.9
2007 6,872 1,729 25.2 3,937 986 25.0
2008 6,776 1,652 24.4 3,850 982 25.5
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Also includes nursery schools, CTCs and academies (although none of these school types in Leeds, West).

(2) Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration.

(3) Pupils who are eligible and are claiming their free school meal entitlement.

Source:

School Census

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