Secondary Education: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of places at outstanding secondary schools filled by children from low-income families.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Data is not available showing children from low-income families. However, as a proxy for low income, we can provide data showing children who have been eligible for free school meals during the last six years.

21% of secondary pupils who attended outstanding schools as at 31 August 2016, were eligible for free school meals at some point during the last six years. Please note that the data uses latest Ofsted official statistics from 31 August 2016 and matches this to school census data provided on the 2016 school performance tables.

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