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General Certificate of Secondary Education: Hertfordshire

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997. (250559)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Pupils1 at maintained schools achieving five or more A* to C grades at GCSE and equivalent2

Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency3

Hertfordshire local authority

England

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2007/084

865

69.6

9,438

71.0

384,400

64.5

2006/07

740

60.2

8,848

67.0

359,753

60.1

2005/06

717

57.2

8,481

64.7

340,481

57.5

2004/05

656

53.6

7,826

61.4

319,481

55.0

2003/04

595

48.3

7,556

58.5

306,939

52.1

2002/03

515

45.4

7,293

58.1

296,497

51.3

2001/02

528

45.9

6,984

56.7

276,245

49.5

2000/01

470

43.2

6,744

56.3

265,507

47.9

1999/2000

534

47.3

6,497

55.4

250,937

47.1

1998/99

545

47.2

6,349

54.9

243,871

45.6

1997/98

509

43.5

6,249

54.0

231,223

43.8

1996/97

474

39.2

5,884

50.7

228,655

42.5

1 Figures for 2005/06 onwards are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4. Data for previous years are based on pupils aged 15 years old at the start of the academic year.

2 From 1997/98 includes GNVQ equivalences and from 2003/04 other equivalences approved for use pre-16.

3 Pupils attending maintained schools located in Hemel Hempstead constituency.

4 Figures for 2007/08 are based on revised data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved five GCSE grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997. (250811)

The information requested is shown in the following table. Information about GCSE or equivalent attainment including English and mathematics for years prior to 2004/05 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Pupils1 at maintained schools achieving 5 or more A* to C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE and equivalent

Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency2

Hertfordshire local authority

England

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

2007/083

667

53.7

7,711

58.0

287,985

48.3

2006/07

606

49.3

7,378

55.9

274,811

45.9

2005/06

587

46.8

7,047

53.7

261,332

44.1

2004/05

489

40.0

6,487

50.9

247,360

42.4

1 Figures for 2005/06 onwards are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4. Figures for 2004/05 are based on pupils aged 15-years-old at the start of the academic year.

2 Pupils attending maintained schools located in Hemel Hempstead constituency.

3 Figures for 2007/08 are based on revised data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency who entered for one or more GCSE examinations entered for GCSE science at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2008. (249627)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: In 2008, in South West Bedfordshire, of those pupils in maintained schools who were at the end of their Key Stage 4 studies and who had been entered for one or more GCSE examinations, 97 per cent. had been entered for one or more science subjects at GCSE.

For England as a whole, the corresponding figure (maintained schools only) was 95 per cent.

In all schools in England (including independent schools) in 2008, of those pupils who were at the end of their Key Stage 4 studies and who had been entered for one or more GCSE examinations, 93 per cent. had been entered for one or more science subjects at GCSE.