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Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 25th April 2016.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each English education authority has the (i) lowest and (ii) highest proportion of children on free school meals.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Information about the proportion of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals in each Local Authority is available for each school in the underlying data of the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2015’[1] statistics. The highest and lowest rates in each local authority can be determined readily from these figures.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015 - Please refer to file titled ‘Underlying data’ and open the file titled ‘SFR16_2015_Schools_Pupils_UD’. The highest and lowest rates of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals can be determined based on the ‘LA name’, ‘School Name’, and ‘% of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals’ columns. To split into primary and secondary schools, use the ‘Phase-type grouping’ column.

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