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GCSE

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and mathematics in each year since 1997. (127919)

[holding answer 19 March 2007]: The information requested is shown in the table.

GCSE and equivalent attempts and achievements, 1996/97 to 2005/061, 2, England

Number of pupils3

Percentage who achieved 5+ A*-C grades including English and Mathematics

15-year-olds

1996/974

586,766

35.6

1997/98

575,210

37.0

1998/99

580,972

38.6

1999/2000

580,393

40.0

2000/01

603,318

40.7

2001/02

606,554

42.1

2002/03

622,122

41.9

2003/045

643,560

42.6

2004/05

636,771

44.3

2005/06

648,942

45.3

Pupils at End Key Stage 4

2004/05

633,414

44.9

2005/06

645,931

245.8

1 Including attempts and achievement in previous academic years. 2 Figures for 2005/06 are revised from those published previously following checking with schools, all other figures are final. 3 Number of pupils on roll aged 15 at the start of the academic year or from 2004/05 end of Key Stage 4 figures or the number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in that academic year. 4 Percentages from 1996/97 include GCSEs and GNVQs. 5 Percentages from 2003/04 include GCSEs and other equivalent qualifications approved for use pre-16.