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GCE A-Level

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average A-level points score per pupil was for secondary schools with sixth forms containing (a) 50 or fewer, (b) 51 to 100, (c) 101 to 150, (d) 151 to 200, (e) 201 to 250 and (f) more than 250 pupils in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (205109)

The information is in the following table:

Number of pupils studying at A level or equivalentAverage point score per student in schools of each size

2006

2007

50 or fewer

632.9

645.4

51 to 100

746.5

758.1

101 to 150

810.6

827.1

151 to 200

832.8

848.8

201 to 250

844.3

808.5

More than 250

851.8

867.7

Note: Figures relate to 16-18 year olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) in all schools with sixth forms published in the achievement and attainment tables.

Figures for 2004-05 have not been provided as they are not comparable to the figures given for 2005-06 and 2006-07. Up to 2005-06 the UCAS tariff was used to calculate average point scores. However, this did not extend to cover the new range of qualifications now included as equivalencies, so the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) developed a tariff to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000).