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School Budgets

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in Huntingdon which ran a budget deficit in the year ending 31 March 2003; and how much this deficit was for each school. [146434]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is submitted to the Department according to local education authority areas, rather than districts within an area. Huntingdon is a district of Cambridgeshire local education authority. The information for Cambridgeshire LEA is as follows:

Cambridgeshire schools showing a deficit budget in the year ending 31 March 2003

School nameDfES numberDeficit budget(23)(£)
Abbey Meadows Primary School2,450(12,317)
Brington C of E Primary School3,081(4,470)
Bushmead Primary School2,452(55,343)
Cherry Hinton Community Junior School2,312(36,500)
Chesterton Community College4,029(220,765)
City of Ely Community College4,083(138,722)
Coleridge Community College4,031(84,470)
Ernulf Community School4,077(198,638)
Fawcett Primary School2,336(13,287)
Fowlmere Primary School2,011(1,892)
Hinchingbrooke School4,503(175,812)
John Falkner Community Infant School2,035(71)
Kings Hedges Primary School2,446(41,371)
Little Paxton Primary School2,293(33,790)
Melbourn Village College4,040(345,183)
Middlefield Community Primary School2,257(21,135)
Petersfield C of E Aided Primary School3,331(19,240)
Ridgefield Primary School2,453(12,977)
Sawston Village College5,408(84,516)
Sawtry Community College5,403(1,013,001)
St. Alban's RC Primary School3,360(15,361)
St. Anne's C of E Primary School3,384(38,893)
St. Helen's Primary School5,200(7,699)
St. John's C of E Primary School3,072(20,853)
St. Peter's School5,412(81,341)
St. Philip's C of E Aided Primary School3,358(7,960)
The Cromwell Community College4,045(1,842)
The Manor Community College4,057(583,428)
The Meridian Primary School2,059(6,828)
The Windmill Special School7,009(93,747)
Thomas Eaton Primary School2,090(7,273)
Witchford Village College4,055(163,030)

(23) The data are as reported by Cambridgeshire LEA's within their 2002–03 Section 52 Outturn Statement (table B) submitted to the DfES.


1. Deficit budget is taken from table B column 13-other revenue balance. This includes the cumulative balance of income less expenditure from revenue funding sources during the financial year and the balance from previous year.

2. The data are as at 6 January 2004. Currently the data remains provisional as it is subject to validation and could change.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Lancashire ran a deficit budget in each of the last three years. [146974]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is given in the following table.

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Lancashire schools reporting a deficit budget in each of the last three years

Number of Schools


1. The data are as reported by Lancashire education authority within their Section 52 Outturn statements (Table B) submitted to the DfES.

2. Section 52 data for 2002–03 is regarded as provisional and is therefore subject to changes by Lancashire LEA which may alter the results for that period.

School Governance

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per issue was of producing and distributing the document, "Statutory Guidance on the School Governance (England) Regulation 2003", to schools. [147401]

Mr. Miliband: The Department issued statutory and non-statutory guidance on the following governance regulations in 2003: constitution, procedures, new schools, governance federations and collaboration

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regulations. The total cost of the production and distribution of this guidance for schools and LEAs was £25,986.26. The average cost for each issue of guidance was 10 pence.

School Meals

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the provision of school meals by Lancashire county council; and how many meals are served each day in (a) high schools and (b) primary schools (i) in Lancashire and (ii) in each Lancashire district. [148225]

Mr. Charles Clarke: From April 2000, funding for school meals was delegated to all secondary schools. Primary and special schools can opt for delegation. All schools in Lancashire have the budget for school meals delegated to them, and have individual service level agreements with Lancashire County Commercial Services: schools can buy back in to the local authorities school meal service if they wish to do so.

This Department does not collect information on the take-up of paid meals. However, the attached table shows the take-up of free school meals in each Lancashire district.

Maintained primary and secondary schools(24): school meal arrangements January 2003—By Lancashire Local Education Authority and each district within the authority

All pupils
Numberon rollNumber of pupils taking free school mealsPercentage of pupils taking free school mealsNumber of pupils known to be eligible for free school mealsPercentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
Maintained primary schools
Lancashire local education authority98,78413,17213.315,57515.8
Blackburn with Darwen15053.364.0
Ribble Valley4,7911713.62014.2
South Ribble8,9197548.58229.2
West Lancashire9,8041,37514.01,57816.1
Maintained secondary schools
Lancashire local education authority76,4128,81911.510,74914.1
Blackburn with Darwen
Ribble Valley5,0742635.22915.7
South Ribble8,6876667.78089.3
West Lancashire6,10781313.31,01316.6

(24) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(25) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.


Annual Schools' Census

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School-leavers (Qualifications)

Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils left school in 2003 with no GCSEs; [147443]

Mr. Miliband: The information requested is as follows:

The number of 15-year-old pupils who left school in 2003 with no GCSEs is 32,590.

The number of 15-year-old pupils who left school with fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-G is shown in the table.

Academic yearNumber of 15-year-old pupils with less than 5+ A*-G

Specialist Schools

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to secure match funding for specialist schools in highly deprived former coalfield areas; and if he will make a statement. [147452]

Mr. Miliband: We acknowledge that for some schools in deprived former coalfield areas, raising the £50,000 sponsorship required to make a specialist school application can be difficult.

The Department grant-aids the Specialist Schools Trust (SST) and the Youth Sport Trust to assist schools with raising sponsorship. We have also introduced a 'Partnership Fund' to provide support to schools that can demonstrate that sustained efforts to raise the full amount of sponsorship have been unsuccessful. The fund is administered by the SST in accordance with the Department's criteria. In the October 2003 specialist school application round, 13 schools in coalfield areas received a contribution from this fund.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Lancashire schools have applied for specialist status; and how many were successful. [148226]

Mr. Miliband: There are 12 local education authorities (LEAs), which cover the county of Lancashire. The information requested is set out in the table by LEA.

Local education authorityNumber of schools which have applied for specialist statusNumber of schools which applied successfully
Blackburn with Darwen54

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Applications from schools in the October 2003 specialist school application round are currently being assessed. A list of successful schools from this round will be not be announced until the end of January and have therefore not been included in the list of successful applications.

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