Pupil level data on ethnicity and eligibility for free school meals were not collected as far back as 1980.
In 2008, 38 (4.2 per cent.) white British boys and 29 (2.6 per cent.) white British girls eligible for free school meals achieved three or more A grades at A-level. Percentages indicated are of white British students eligible for free school meals of the appropriate gender who were entered for at least one GCE/Applied GCE A level/Double Award in 2008.
The figures relate to 16-18 year olds (age at start of academic year, i.e.