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Free School Meals

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each year cohort were eligible for free school meals in each year since 1997. [311425]


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Ms Diana R. Johnson [holding answer 18 November 2009 ]: The available information on free school meals (FSM) is shown in the tables.

Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2002-04
2002 2003 2004
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM

Nursery classes

301,300

17,630

5.9

290,590

16,870

5.8

283,430

16,590

5.9

Reception

568,900

96,440

17.0

550,920

90,110

16.4

542,560

91,420

16.9

1

571,360

104,070

18.2

580,840

104,890

18.1

568,340

104,540

18.4

2

578,390

106,040

18.3

570,080

103,090

18.1

580,520

109,000

18.8

3

590,450

107,980

18.3

577,910

104,160

18.0

569,110

104,610

18.4

4

588,810

108,400

18.4

589,450

104,560

17.7

576,970

105,570

18.3

5

610,720

109,800

18.0

590,090

104,720

17.7

587,790

105,500

17.9

6

606,520

106,790

17.6

607,760

104,760

17.2

586,460

104,460

17.8

7

606,430

103,670

17.1

607,640

101,710

16.7

601,620

99,690

16.6

8

590,010

99,180

16.8

597,220

97,900

16.4

606,530

99,820

16.5

9

594,440

96,250

16.2

588,540

93,290

15.9

596,780

94,160

15.8

10

575,400

89,010

15.5

594,160

89,200

15.0

587,690

88,020

15.0

11

540,010

75,440

14.0

561,720

76,740

13.7

579,690

78,890

13.6

12

184,800

12,360

6.7

192,450

12,850

6.7

192,100

12,210

6.4

13

130,540

5,590

4.3

137,790

5,590

4.1

144,350

6,300

4.4

14

5,310

450

8.4

1,340

120

9.1

3,610

310

8.6

(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (4)( )Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons, e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.

Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2005-07
2005 2006 2007
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM

Nursery classes

279,490

15,840

5.7

278,170

0

5.0

283,150

13,630

4.8

Reception

525,390

87,590

16.7

522,710

81,950

15.7

522,650

82,050

15.7

1

564,280

101,910

18.1

544,510

93,800

17.2

533,830

91,300

17.1

2

565,920

102,660

18.1

560,360

96,470

17.2

545,200

94,570

17.3

3

579,700

105,610

18.2

564,900

96,250

17.0

558,900

94,950

17.0

4

569,170

101,800

17.9

579,550

99,230

17.1

564,610

94,840

16.8

5

575,540

101,440

17.6

568,460

95,010

16.7

578,830

96,540

16.7

6

587,640

101,120

17.2

575,100

94,920

16.5

567,820

92,360

16.3

7

580,010

94,960

16.4

578,810

95,100

16.4

565,650

90,830

16.1

8

600,440

96,220

16.0

580,120

90,850

15.7

578,570

88,700

15.3

9

603,100

93,440

15.5

599,390

89,140

14.9

579,160

85,450

14.8

10

595,790

87,750

14.7

601,930

84,570

14.0

598,740

81,960

13.7

11

575,560

77,210

13.4

584,730

75,190

12.9

591,280

73,870

12.5

12

198,910

12,790

6.4

204,410

12,440

6.1

212,200

12,740

6.0

13

151,130

6,830

4.5

152,680

6,430

4.2

152,960

6,430

4.2

14

2,620

240

9.1

2,240

290

13.1

2,840

370

13.1

(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (4)( )Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons, e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.

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