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By the numbers: Disadvantaged pupils at top comprehensives

The country's highest-performing comprehensive schools recruit much fewer children eligible for free school meals than average, research shows

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Barriers preventing the most disadvantaged students from attending the top comprehensive schools in England still exist, a report by The Sutton Trust reveals.

The report, published on national secondary school offer day last week, shows that the country’s top 500 schools – those with the highest proportion of pupils with five GCSEs at A* to C or equivalent, including English and maths – recruit almost half the proportion of children eligible for free school meals (FSM) recruited by the average secondary school.

Regional variation

It also reveals that the proportion of students eligible for ...

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