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Free School Meals

Question for Department for Education

UIN 9214, tabled on 7 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils were eligible for free school meals in (a) state, (b) academy, (c) free, (d) faith and (e) private schools in each of the last five years.

Answered on

14 September 2015

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in state-funded schools (including academies and free schools) is published in the “Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2015” Statistical First Release[1], and previous versions of this release[2].

Pupils attending independent (private) schools cannot be eligible for free school meals.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers