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General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils in mainstream maintained secondary schools achieved five A* to C GCSEs including English, mathematics, science, a modern language and either history or geography in each year between 1997 and 2006. (129707)

The information requested is given in the following table and reflects the increased level of qualification choice at key stage 4.

15-year-old1 pupils at maintained mainstream schools2 who achieved five or more A*-C at GCSE including English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography3

Number

Percentage

1997

100,099

43.8

1998

102,755

44.4

1999

109,306

44.8

2000

109,788

43.8

2001

115,362

43.5

2002

112,086

40.6

2003

105,829

36.1

2004

108,430

35.3

2005

104,139

32.6

2006

97,020

28.6

1 Aged 15 at the beginning of the academic year.

2 Includes academies, community schools, voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and city technology colleges.

3 Includes pupils who achieved both grades A*-C at both Geography and History GCSE and those that gained a grade A*-C at GCSE in either Geography or History.