Free school meals

How does the East Midlands compare to the rest of the UK for free school meals for primary school pupils?

The latest Department for Education survey has revealed the numbers of state-funded primary school children known to be eligible for, and claiming, free school meals.

The East Midlands region is made up of the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, plus the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.

No of pupils of roll: 224,864'No claiming free school meals: 49,364

1. North East - 22 per cent

No of pupils of roll: 224,864'No claiming free school meals: 49,364
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No of pupils on roll: 406,941'No claiming free school meals: 59,423

2. East Midlands - 14.6 per cent

No of pupils on roll: 406,941'No claiming free school meals: 59,423
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No of pupils on roll: 491,779'No claiming free school meals: 86,825

3. Yorkshire & Humber - 17.7 per cent

No of pupils on roll: 491,779'No claiming free school meals: 86,825
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No of pupils on roll: 655,836'No claiming free school meals: 119,647

4. North West - 18.2 per cent

No of pupils on roll: 655,836'No claiming free school meals: 119,647
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