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Examination Results

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils gained (a) A*-A grades in five or more subjects and (b) A*-B grades in five or more subjects (i) in areas which are wholly selective and (ii) in areas which are wholly comprehensive in their provision of secondary education in the last year for which figures are available. [110190]

The information is as follows:(i) Within the LEAs deemed wholly selective the following percentages of pupils achieved grades A*-A and A*-B in five or more GCSEs in 2002:

Wholly Selective

A*-A grades in five or more GCSEs: 15.1 per cent.
A*-B grades in five or more GCSEs: 32.1per cent.

(ii) Within the LEAs deemed wholly comprehensive the following percentages of pupils achieved grades A*-A and A*-B in five or more GCSEs in 2002:

Wholly Comprehensive

A*-A grades in five or more GCSEs: 8.6per cent.
A*-B grades in five or more GCSEs: 23.1 per cent.

(iii) The following percentages of pupils in all maintained schools in England achieved grades A*-A and A*-B in five or more GCSEs in 2002:

A*-A grades in five or more GCSEs: 9.7 per cent.
A*-B grades in five or more GCSEs: 24.6 per cent.

The comparisons above take no account of the value added by the LEAs concerned. They are not adjusted for differences in pupils' prior attainment, nor to reflect the fact that selective LEAs, in aggregate, have lower levels of socio-economic disadvantage. 11 per cent. of pupils in wholly selective authorities are known to be eligible for free school meals, compared to 17 per cent. in wholly comprehensive authorities.