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Free school meals figures revealed

Jurby Primary School

One in five pupils eligible

Almost one in five school pupils in the Isle of Man are entitled to free school meals.

The figure has been revealed in a response to a Tynwald question for written answer from Garff MHK Daphne Caine.

The combined figure for all state primary and secondary schools in the Isle of Man stands at 18%, but there are large fluctuations within that.

At one end of the spectrum, three Island primaries have around half of their pupils receiving free meals: Anagh Coar (49%), Jurby (55%) and Manor Park (51%).

At the other end, five schools have percentages in single figures: Kewaigue (7%), Marown (3%), Scoill Vallajeelt (4%), St Thomas' (5%), and Sulby (8).

Of the Island's high schools, Ballakermeen (17%) and Castle Rushen High School (20) are a few percentage points higher than the other three, which are all quite similar: QEII (11%), Ramsey Grammar School (12%), and St Ninian's (13%).