§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools were designated before 1 September 1997; how many such schools and what percentage of the whole were(a) city technology colleges and (b) grant maintained schools; and what the average percentage was of children in receipt of free school meals in (i) specialist schools designated prior to 1 September 1997 and (ii) city technology colleges and grant maintained schools designated as specialist schools before 1 September 1997. 28W
§ Mr. Miliband
The information requested is as follows181 specialist schools were designated before 1 September 1997.
- (a) None of these are city technology colleges (CTCs).
- (b) 98 of these are grant maintained secondary schools, which is 54 per cent. of the total.Free school meal (FSM) eligibility as at January 2002.
- (a) 13 per cent of pupils attending the 181 specialist schools designated before 1 September 1997 were eligible to receive a free school meal.
- (b) No CTCs are specialist schools, and therefore, are not applicable. 11 per cent. of pupils attending the 98 grant maintained secondary schools were eligible to receive a free school meal.