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Foster Care: Safety

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will review the guidance on how many babies each foster (a) carer and (b) household is permitted to look after with a view to making an assessment of whether the safety of such infants is at increased risk in foster households caring for multiple infants and babies. [121538]

Mr. Dhanda: The Children Act 1989 does not allow a carer to foster more than three children unless the children concerned are siblings or an exemption has been made by the local authority in whose area the carer lives. This “usual fostering limit” applies regardless of the child’s age. Volume 3 of the statutory guidance which accompanies the Act highlights the number of children who may be placed as an important factor in placement decisions. The guidance stresses the importance of considering the interests of each child, in cases where more than one child is to be placed, as well as the needs of the carer’s own children.

The Government are committed to reviewing the statutory guidance and this review will need to take account of issues arising from the recent Care Matters Green Paper. However, detailed decisions about the content of the revised guidance have not yet been taken.

Free School Meals

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas (i) qualify for and (ii) receive free school meals; and if he will make a statement. [118703]

Jim Knight: The information requested is shown in the table.


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Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools( 1) : school meal arrangements by schools’ urban/rural classification2, as at January 2006, England
Maintained nursery and primary schools Maintained secondary schools
Urban( 3) Rural( 4) Total Urban( 3) Rural( 4) Total

Number of pupils on roll(5)

3,459,080

728,540

4,187,630

2,864,410

445,310

3,309,720

Number of pupils who took a free school meal on the census day

516,460

39,720

556,180

306,810

21,940

328,750

Percentage of pupils who took a free school meal on the census day

14.9

5.5

13.3

10.7

4.9

9.9

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

622,740

47,600

670,340

418,920

29,760

448,680

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

18.0

6.5

16.0

14.6

6.7

13.6

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Schools have been classified as being in either an urban or rural area by matching their school postcode to the Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004 indicator held within the May 2006 National Statistics Postcode Directory. Areas are classified as urban or rural at the Census Output Area (COA) level, and postcodes are classified according to the status of the COA in which they are located.
(3) Includes schools in Urban >10k (sparse and less sparse) classifications.
(4) Includes schools in the following classifications: Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling (sparse and less sparse), Town and Fringe (sparse and less sparse), Village (sparse and less sparse).
(5) Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration. Also includes boarding pupils.
Note:
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
Source:
Pupil numbers by school meal arrangements—Schools' Census. Urban/Rural Classification—derived from the Urban/Rural Classification 2004. Produced in conjunction with The Countryside Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Office of National Statistics and Welsh Assembly Government.

GCSEs

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 15-year-olds took both history and geography at GCSE in schools in the independent sector in each year since 1996. [110498]

Jim Knight: The following table shows the percentage of 15-year-old pupils(1) in independent schools attempting a GCSE at both history and geography in each year since 1996.

15-year-old pupils( 1) entered for GCSE geography and history
Percentage

1996

25.7

1997

24.5

1998

23.8

1999

21.7

2000

21.0

2001

21.1

2002

21.3

2003

20.0

2004

19.9

2005

20.3

2006(2)

19.7

(1) Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August.
(2) Data for 2006 are revised. Data for all other years are final.

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of students achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern language in each school in West Sussex in 2006; [115508]

(2) if he will list the top 200 maintained schools in terms of the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language in 2006. [115509]

Jim Knight: The following table shows the proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4(1) achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language for each school in West Sussex local authority in 2006.


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Pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language
Name Institution type( 1) Total pupils Percentage

Abbotsford Community Special School

CYS

7

0.0

Angmering School, The

CY

256

17.6

Ardingly College

IND

85

76.5

Ashton Park School

IND

7

0.0

Bishop Luffa Church of England School, Chichester

VA

217

53.9

Bognor Regis Community College(2)

CY

308

11.4

Boundstone Community College

CY

251

6.0

Bourne Community College

CY

141

14.9

Burgess Hill School for Girls

IND

58

98.3

Chatsmore Catholic High School

VA

139

17.3

Chichester High School for Boys

CY

235

14.5

Chichester High School for Girls

CY

246

36.6

Christ’s Hospital

IND

120

90.8

Cornfield School, Littlehampton(2)

CYS

11

0.0

Court Meadow School, Cuckfield

CYS

7

0.0

Davison Church of England High School for Girls, Worthing

VC

272

46.7

Downlands Community School

CY

189

40.2

Durrington High School

CY

357

12.3

Education Centre, The

IND

17

0.0

Farlington School

IND

62

87.1

Farney Close School

INDSS

14

0.0

Felpham Community College(2)

CY

241

30.3

Fordwater School, Chichester

CYS

7

0.0

Forest School

CY

149

37.6

Gleniffer House Residential School

IND

(3)

(3)

Hazelwick School

CY

382

28.0

Hillcrest Slinfold

IND

(3)

(3)

Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School, Crawley

VA

202

30.2

Hurstpierpoint College

IND

83

83.1

Ifield Community College

CY

158

12.7

Imberhorne School

CY

266

53.8

King’s Manor Community College

CY

264

10.2

Lancing College

IND

91

81.3

Lavant House

IND

20

50.0

Littlehampton Community School, The(2)

CY

357

10.9

Manhood Community College

CY

99

6.1

Manor Green College

CYS

22

0.0

Midhurst Grammar School

VC

238

26.1

Millais School

CY

298

56.7

Muntham House School

NMSS

8

0.0

Newick House School

CYS

27

0.0

Oakgrove College

CYS

53

1.9

Oakmeeds Community College

CY

220

29.1

Oathall Community College

CY

265

34.7

Our Lady of Sion School

IND

58

86.2

Philpots Manor School

INDSS

5

0.0

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, Horsham

CYS

6

0.0

Rikkyo School-in-England

IND

21

0.0

Sackville School

CY

260

33.8

Seaford College

IND

74

43.2

Shoreham College

IND

48

50.0

Slindon College

IND

22

0.0

Springboard Education

IND

(3)

(3)

St. Andrew’s CofE High School for Boys

VA

174

14.9

St. Anthony's School

CYS

27

0.0

St. Paul's Catholic College

VA

127

66.9

St. Philip Howard Catholic High School, The

VA

147

47.6

St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Crawley

VA

159

22.0

Steyning Grammar School

VC

385

28.6

Strides Learning Support Centre

IND

(3)

(3)

Tanbridge House School

CY

288

37.5

Thomas Bennett Community College

CY

258

10.1

Towers Convent School, The

IND

26

100.0

Warden Park School

CY

291

52.9

Weald School, The

CY

220

42.7

Westergate Community School

CY

141

12.1

Worth School

IND

69

68.1

Worthing High School

CY

269

21.6

(1) CY = Community School, CYS = Community Special School, IND = Independent School, INDSS = Independent Special School, NMSS = Non-maintained Special School, VA = Voluntary Aided Schools, VC = Voluntary Controlled School.
(2) School located within Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency.
(3) Figures are suppressed due to small numbers.

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