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Schools are not allowed to select pupils for admission by faith. Schools designated as having a religious character under section 69 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 may give priority, when oversubscribed, to children on the basis that they
are members of or practise their faith. We know that practices vary widely and that a number of schools with a religious character do not give priority on the basis of faith and others offer a proportion of places to children without reference to faith.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was to complete a (a) private law and (b) public law case in the family courts in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average cost was of each. 
In the county court, for the period April to November 2007, it took on average 33.12 weeks to complete a private law case and 55.02 weeks for a public law case. There are no data currently collected in the Family Proceedings Court (FPCs) on the average length of private law cases. In the FPCs the average duration of cases where a care or supervision order was made (April 2007 to November 2007) was 44.3 weeks. Between April and November 2007, 51 per cent. of care and supervision cases in FPCs and 39.6 per cent. of care and supervision cases in care centres were completed within 40 weeks.
The unit cost for private law applications (judicial and administrative costs) for financial year 2006-07 is £996 in the county courts and £1,232 in the Family Proceedings Courts. The equivalent figures for public law applications are £4,286 and £4,014. The average legal aid cost of private law matters is £2,790 and for public law matters is £5,961. No information is held centrally on average local authority costs.
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils on free school meals achieved five grade A*-C GCSEs in (a) Manchester and (b) Greater Manchester in each of the last three years. 
|2003 / 04||2004 / 05||2005 / 06|
2003/04: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000564/index.shtml (Table 48)
2004/05: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000640/index.shtml (Table 91)
2005/06: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000693/index.shtml (Table 73)
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East Region are eligible to receive free school meals. 
Jim Knight: Figures from the school census 2007 show that the proportion of students known to be eligible to receive free school meals in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in Sunderland is 16.9 per cent., compared to 18.1 per cent. in the North East region. These figures include dually registered and boarding pupils.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many maintained mainstream schools did not submit any pupils for a foreign language GCSE in each year since 2002; 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream secondary schools have not entered students for a GCSE in (a) a modern language and (b) music in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of white British boys eligible for free school meals failed to obtain at least five GCSEs at any level in each year between 1996 and 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
|Percentage of white British boys eligible for free school meals who achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent( 1) , at maintained schools, 2002 to 2006|
|Percentage achieving 5 A*-C grades||Percentage not achieving 5 A*-C grades|
|(1) Based upon 15 year old pupils (age at start of academic year) for figures up to and including 2004. For 2005 onwards figures are based upon pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. (2) Figures for 2002 relate to pupils classified as 'white' rather than 'white British'.|
Data are sourced from the National Pupil Database which began in 2002. The latest figures relate to 2006 where 90.9 per cent. of white British boys eligible for free school meals achieved any passes (9.1 per cent. achieving no passes). These figures are published in Table 32 of SFR46/2006 "National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics in England 2005-06, (Provisional)" which can be found at
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many secondary schools in Kent over 70 per cent. of pupils did not achieve five A*-C GCSEs, including English and mathematics, in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East achieved more than five A* to C grades at GCSE in each year since 1997. 
|Proportion of 15-year-old pupils( 1) achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C at GCSE or equivalentyears: 1997-2007 (Sunderland LA and the North East region)|
|Year( 2)||Sunderland||North East region|
|(1) Number of pupils on roll aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.|
(2) Data for 2007 are provisional and final for all other years.
(3) Percentages from 1996/97 include GCSEs and GNVQs.
(4) Percentages from 2003/04 include GCSEs and other equivalent qualifications approved for use pre-16.
Secondary School Achievement and Attainment tables
The increase in the proportion of 15-year-old pupils achieving five or more good GCSEs in Sunderland (24.3 per cent.) and the North East region (22.8 per cent.) compares favourably with a national increase of 15.2 per cent. over the same period.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the (a) top 20 and (b) bottom 20 maintained secondary schools in England on the basis of the proposition of pupils obtaining five A* to C GCSEs in 2007, setting out in each case (i) GCSE performance, (ii) percentage of children eligible for free school meals, (iii) school type, (iv) local authority, (v) OFSTED classification and (vi) percentage of statemented children. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools had fewer than (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 40 per cent., (e) 50 per cent., (f) 60 per cent., (g) 70 per cent., (h) 80 per cent. and (i) 90 per cent., of pupils obtaining five A* to C grades in GCSEs (i) including English and mathematics and (ii) in all subjects in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Information on secondary schools and the pupils in each school achieving 5+ A*-C and 5+ A*-C including English and mathematics is included in the 2006 key stage 4 achievement and attainment tables. Full details of each school and the requested information can be found in the House of Commons Library. 2007 figures will be available from January 2008.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local education authority area had fewer than (a) 30 per cent. and (b) 40 per cent. of pupils achieving five passes at GCSE including mathematics and English in each of the last three years. 
To answer this question, figures for the academic years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 have been used as the data for 2006-07 have not yet been published. Schools and colleges will get the chance to amend their results before the revised data are published in January 2008.
|Schools with <30 per cent. and <40 per cent. 5+ A*-C including English and mathematics 2004-2006|
|LA number||LA name||<30 per cent.||<40 per cent.|
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