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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in each local authority achieved fewer than 30 per cent. A* to C grades at GCSE in each of the last two years; and what the (a) raw scores and (b) value added scores of each school were in each of those years. (195594)

The percentage of pupils in each school achieving 5 A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent) and their scores can be found in the Achievement and Attainment Tables in the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools had fewer than (a) 25 per cent., (b) 30 per cent., (c) 35 per cent. and (d) 40 per cent. of children obtaining fewer than five A* to C grades in GCSE including mathematics and English in each of the last 10 years. (196691)

The information on the number of maintained mainstream schools is given in the following table.

The number of schools with fewer than 35 per cent. and 40 per cent. of pupils achieving five A*-C GGSE grades, including English and Mathematics, can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Number of maintained mainstream schools1 with fewer than 15 per cent., 20 per cent., 25 per cent., and 30 per cent. of pupils achieving at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics, in 1996/97 to 2006/07

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Below 15 per cent.

566

513

399

340

305

247

254

207

138

91

47

Below 20 per cent.

922

835

695

637

583

482

495

426

338

279

162

Below 25 per cent.

1,262

1,141

993

924

862

778

800

734

608

500

376

Below 30 per cent.

1,610

1,507

1,310

1,241

1,154

1,089

1,098

1,054

924

789

639

Total number of schools

3,169

3,151

3,131

3,119

3,102

3,099

3,095

3,095

3,095

3,072

3,045

1 Figures relate to all maintained mainstream schools published in Achievement and Attainment Tables, including Academic City Technology Colleges and City Colleges for the Technology of Arts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools had fewer than (a) 25 per cent., (b) 30 per cent., (c) 35 per cent. and (d) 40 per cent. of children obtaining fewer than five A* to C grades in GCSE in each of the last 10 years. (196692)

The information on the number of maintained mainstream schools is given in the following table. The number of schools with fewer than 35 per cent. of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSE grades can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Number of maintained mainstream schools1 with fewer than 15%, 20%, 25%, 30% and 40% of pupils achieving at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent) in 1996/97 to 2006/07

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Below 15 per cent.

186

180

128

100

74

56

42

27

11

7

Below 20 per cent.

363

325

278

242

196

157

112

72

40

15

4

Below 25 per cent.

619

553

488

437

369

294

224

186

110

47

17

Below 30 per cent.

899

828

736

662

819

499

410

843

230

134

64

Below 40 per cent.

1,491

1,418

1,278

1,206

1,128

1,026

923

861

674

487

306

Total number of schools

3,169

3,151

3,131

3,119

3,102

3,099

3,095

3,095

3,095

3,072

3,045

1 Figures relate to all maintained mainstream schools published in Achievement and Attainment Tables, including academies, city technology colleges and city colleges for the technology of arts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the 10 most commonly studied, non-compulsory subjects taken to GCSE level were in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by type of school; and how many pupils studied each such subject to GCSE level in the same period; (196992)

(2) which 10 subjects were most commonly studied at A-Level in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by type of institution; and how many pupils took each such subject in the same period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of 16 year olds were entered for (a) GCSE English, (b) GCSE mathematics and (c) one or more GCSEs in 2007; (197253)

(2) what proportion of 16 year olds were entered for fewer that (a) five GCSEs and (b) five GCSEs including English and mathematics in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

Numbers and proportions of pupils attempting GCSEs in each subject at the end of Key Stage 4 can be found in table 11 of the January Statistical First Release 'GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England 2006/07 (Revised)', available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000768/index.shtml

The proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 entered for fewer than five GCSEs was 5.6 per cent. The proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 entered for fewer than five GCSEs including English and mathematics was 9.0 per cent.

These figures are not published for 16-year-old pupils; the figures provided are based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. The end of Key Stage 4 signals the end of compulsory education, and the majority of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 are aged 15 at the start of the academic year.