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Free School Meals

Education written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils attending (a) Church of England, (b) Catholic, (c) other denominational or faith and (d) other maintained (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools in (A) Greater London and (B) nationally claimed free school meals for the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

Data on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals is collected via the school census and the latest available data is for January 2013. The following table sets out the proportion of pupils that were known to be eligible and claiming free school meals in state-funded primary and secondary schools in London and England by religious denomination of the school.

Proportion of pupils(1, 2, 3 )known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals(4)
Percentage
  State-funded primary schools(5) State-funded secondary schools(6)
Religious character London England London England
Church of England 21.4 13.3 23.6 15.1
Roman Catholic 17.4 15.9 17.6 14.6
Other faith 10.1 14.1 23.2 19.5
No faith recorded 27.6 21.3 26.8 16.5
(1) Based on headcount of pupils of compulsory school age and full-time pupils aged under five. (2) Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations. (3) Includes boarders. (4) Proportion of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals based on headcount of pupils of compulsory school age and full-time pupils aged under five. (5) Includes middle deemed primary schools. (6) Includes middle deemed secondary schools. Source: School Census, January 2013.

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