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Specialist Schools: Standards

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have high performing specialist status; (221511)

(2) in what percentage of high performing specialist schools at least 65 per cent. of pupils have been awarded five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics in all three of the last three years;

(3) if he will list, for each designated high performing specialist school (a) its school context indicator, (b) the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in each of the last three years and (c) the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs in any subjects in each of the last three years.

There are currently 600 high performing specialist schools in operation. Of these schools, 26 per cent. achieved at least 65 per cent. 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and maths in all of the last three years. The list which shows each high performing specialist school, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs and the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and maths for each of the last three years has been placed in the Libraries.

It also includes details of contextual value added scores and eligibility for free school meals, as indicators of school context.