Ten percent of academic age 16-18 year olds who studied their highest qualification in 2014/15 at non-selective schools or academy sixth forms were eligible for free school meals at academic age 15. The equivalent figure for selective schools and selective academy sixth forms was 3 per cent.
These figures are based on those where the FSM status at 15 is known and are sourced from the Department for Education’s Young Person’s Matched Administrative Dataset.
Our recent consultation set out a number of proposals, including removing the ban on creating new selective schools, designed to increase the number and availability of good schools places for all children regardless of their background. As a condition for opening or expanding, we propose that grammar schools will take a proportion of pupils from lower income households.