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School Examinations

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of children taking (a) CSE exams, (b) O-level exams and (c) A-level exams in each local education authority in Wales as a percentage of the total number in the relevant age group in each authority for the latest available year.

The estimated percentages of all candidates from maintained schools attempting examinations in summer 1986 are as follows:

Candidates attempting1
CSEO levelA level

Candidates attempting



O level

A level

Mid Glamorgan74·779·514·6
South Glamorgan65·480·517·5
West Glamorgan76·581·314·2

1A candidate attempting more than one type of examination is counted under each type.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list by each Welsh local education authority the total number of children achieving (a) CSE grades 2 to 5, (b) O-level grades A to C and CSE grade 1 and (c) A-level grades A to E as a percentage of the total number of pupils in the relevant year group in each local education authority, for the latest available year.

The information which relates to school leavers from maintained schools in 1985–86 is as follows:

Percentage of candidates achieving1
Total number of leaversLower grades2Higher grades3A level pass
Mid Glamorgan8,32527·031·515·0
South Glamorgan5,64028·533·818·6
West Glamorgan5,43531·541·814·2
1 Leavers are counted only once in the analysis according to the highest qualification attained.
2 O-level grades D, E, CSE grades 2–5.
3 O-level grades A to C, CSE grade 1.