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Science: GCSE

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals attained a GCSE in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology at grade A* in the latest year for which figures are available. (243852)

The table shows the number and percentage of pupils achieving grade A* in Physics, Chemistry and Biology by eligibility of free school meals in 2008 as a proportion of pupils at the end of KS4.

Non-FSMFSMTotal

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Physics

9,727

1.9

173

0.2

9,900

1.7

Chemistry

9,982

1.9

217

0.3

10,199

1.7

Biology

9,174

1.8

173

0.2

9,347

1.6

The number and percentage of pupils achieving grade A* as a proportion of the total number of entries.

Non-FSMFSMTotal

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Physics

9,727

19.2

173

8.3

9,900

18.8

Chemistry

9,982

19.6

217

10.2

10,199

19.2

Biology

9,174

16.5

173

6.4

9,347

16.0

Note:

Data is provisional and subject to change. The data also relates to pupils at the end of KS4 in maintained schools only.

Source: National Pupil Database