Only one in 10 Northamptonshire pupils are claiming free school meals
However, nationally the number of children receiving free school meals in England is at its highest level since 2014. Here's how Northamptonshire compares to the national average.
10 per cent of state school pupils in Northamptonshire received free meals at school lunchtimes in January - 12,347 children in total This figure is much lower than the rate across the country, at 15 per cent Since 2018, the proportion of pupils claiming free school meals in Northamptonshire has risen by 1.2 per cent Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically offered free school meals. Year 3 eligibility is linked to parents' benefits 11 per cent of primary school pupils in Northamptonshire claimed free school meals In Northamptonshire secondary schools, only nine per cent of pupils claimed free school meals The number of children receiving free school meals in England is at its highest level since 2014 The proportion of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals has increased following protections during the roll out of Universal Credit In January 2019, for all school types, 15.4 per cent of pupils were eligible for and claiming free school meals - the highest proportion since 2014