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Grammar Schools: Admissions

Question for Department for Education

UIN 223148, tabled on 3 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children (a) in receipt of free school meals, (b) with a statement of special educational needs, (c) from a BME community and (d) looked after by a local authority received a place in a grammar school in January 2013.

Answered on

9 February 2015

The Department for Education does not hold information on pupils who received a place at a state-funded selective school but does hold information on the number of pupils enrolled in year 7 in state-funded selective schools in January each year. The figures for January 2013 are given in the table below.

Year 7 pupils in state-funded mainstream schools in England, January 2013

Number of pupils

Of which, percentage enrolled at
state-funded selective schools

All pupils



(a) Pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals



(b) Pupils with statements of special educational needs



(c) Pupils from a black or minority ethnic group



(d) Pupils who were looked after for at least 12 months in the year ending 31 March 2013



Source: School census and national pupil database


  1. Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations.
  2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.
  3. A small number of looked after children records collected from local authorities could not be matched to pupil records in the school census.
  4. These figures exclude:
  • pupils who received an offer of a place which was not taken up;
  • pupils who enrolled in state-funded selective schools, but left the school roll before the school census day in January; and
  • selective schools which do not have pupils in year 7.
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