Free School Meals

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each year cohort were eligible for free school meals in each year since 1997.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

holding answer 18 November 2009

The available information on free school meals (FSM) is shown in the tables.

Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2002-04
2002 2003 2004
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM
Nursery classes 301,300 17,630 5.9 290,590 16,870 5.8 283,430 16,590 5.9
Reception 568,900 96,440 17.0 550,920 90,110 16.4 542,560 91,420 16.9
1 571,360 104,070 18.2 580,840 104,890 18.1 568,340 104,540 18.4
2 578,390 106,040 18.3 570,080 103,090 18.1 580,520 109,000 18.8
3 590,450 107,980 18.3 577,910 104,160 18.0 569,110 104,610 18.4
4 588,810 108,400 18.4 589,450 104,560 17.7 576,970 105,570 18.3
5 610,720 109,800 18.0 590,090 104,720 17.7 587,790 105,500 17.9
6 606,520 106,790 17.6 607,760 104,760 17.2 586,460 104,460 17.8
7 606,430 103,670 17.1 607,640 101,710 16.7 601,620 99,690 16.6
8 590,010 99,180 16.8 597,220 97,900 16.4 606,530 99,820 16.5
9 594,440 96,250 16.2 588,540 93,290 15.9 596,780 94,160 15.8
10 575,400 89,010 15.5 594,160 89,200 15.0 587,690 88,020 15.0
11 540,010 75,440 14.0 561,720 76,740 13.7 579,690 78,890 13.6
12 184,800 12,360 6.7 192,450 12,850 6.7 192,100 12,210 6.4
13 130,540 5,590 4.3 137,790 5,590 4.1 144,350 6,300 4.4
14 5,310 450 8.4 1,340 120 9.1 3,610 310 8.6
(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (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. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.
Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2005-07
2005 2006 2007
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM
Nursery classes 279,490 15,840 5.7 278,170 0 5.0 283,150 13,630 4.8
Reception 525,390 87,590 16.7 522,710 81,950 15.7 522,650 82,050 15.7
1 564,280 101,910 18.1 544,510 93,800 17.2 533,830 91,300 17.1
2 565,920 102,660 18.1 560,360 96,470 17.2 545,200 94,570 17.3
3 579,700 105,610 18.2 564,900 96,250 17.0 558,900 94,950 17.0
4 569,170 101,800 17.9 579,550 99,230 17.1 564,610 94,840 16.8
5 575,540 101,440 17.6 568,460 95,010 16.7 578,830 96,540 16.7
6 587,640 101,120 17.2 575,100 94,920 16.5 567,820 92,360 16.3
7 580,010 94,960 16.4 578,810 95,100 16.4 565,650 90,830 16.1
8 600,440 96,220 16.0 580,120 90,850 15.7 578,570 88,700 15.3
9 603,100 93,440 15.5 599,390 89,140 14.9 579,160 85,450 14.8
10 595,790 87,750 14.7 601,930 84,570 14.0 598,740 81,960 13.7
11 575,560 77,210 13.4 584,730 75,190 12.9 591,280 73,870 12.5
12 198,910 12,790 6.4 204,410 12,440 6.1 212,200 12,740 6.0
13 151,130 6,830 4.5 152,680 6,430 4.2 152,960 6,430 4.2
14 2,620 240 9.1 2,240 290 13.1 2,840 370 13.1
(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (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. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.
Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2008-09
2008 2009
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM
Nursery classes 285,840 13,330 4.7 289,070 13,170 4.6
Reception 543,260 81,870 15.1 559,410 88,980 15.9
1 529,720 88,620 16.7 549,710 94,330 17.2
2 535,060 90,810 17.0 530,840 92,650 17.5
3 543,420 92,220 17.0 533,210 92,800 17.4
4 558,160 92,260 16.5 542,780 93,560 17.2
5 563,640 91,640 16.3 557,070 92,550 16.6
6 577,950 92,930 16.1 562,880 91,600 16.3
7 558,300 88,970 15.9 567,600 93,600 16.5
8 565,990 85,700 15.1 558,520 86,190 15.4
9 577,670 82,810 14.3 565,450 82,720 14.6
10 579,360 79,110 13.7 577,830 78,720 13.6
11 588,210 71,840 12.2 569,440 71,140 12.5
12 216,660 12,640 5.8 225,560 13,420 5.9
13 158,900 6,340 4.0 163,440 6,730 4.1
14 2,850 380 13.2 2,650 310 11.9
(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (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. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.

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