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Examination Statistics

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many boys and girls passed one of more A-level subject for each year from 1985–86; and how many pupils gained one or more O-levels from 1985–86 both in absolute terms and as a percentage of the 17-year-old population for A-level subjects and as a percentage of all maintained school leavers for O-level subjects.

For the academic years 1985–86 to 1989–90, the latest year for which information is available, the numbers and percentages of pupils gaining one or more A-level or O-level passes in maintained schools were as are shown in the following table.

School leavers with one or more A/AS passes Maintained schools—England
Number of leavers (thousands)As a percentage of the 17-year-old population
BoysGirlsTotalBoysGirlsTotal
1985–8646.4245.4591.8712.212.512.3
1986–8746.8446.1893.0212.512.912.7
1987–8847.1945.9793.1612.913.213.0
1988–8946.9248.6895.5912.713.813.2
1989–9051.0054.31105.3114.716.515.6
School leavers with no passes at A-level but with one or more passes at O-level at grade C or better (including passes at GCSE grade A-C and CSE grade 1) Maintained schools—England
Number of leavers (thousands)As a percentage of leavers from maintained schools
BoysGirlsTotalBoysGirlsTotal
1985–86119.90139.64259.5535.142.038.5
1986–87119.10139.27258.3734.942.238.5
1987–88112.95134.44247.4036.044.740.2
1988–89114.25129.72243.9639.246.442.8
1989–90106.57122.35228.9239.146.642.8