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GCE A-level: Disadvantaged

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 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 an A level in (a) physics, (b) mathematics, (c) chemistry and (d) biology in 2008. (248593)

The information is provided in the following table.

Candidates1 in schools2 aged 16-183 eligible for free school meals4 attaining an A level in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology in 20084

Pupils eligible for FSM attaining an A level in 2008

Number

Percentage5

Physics

233

4.6

Mathematics

679

13.5

Chemistry

539

10.7

Biology

678

13.5

1 16-18 year old candidates entered for GCE/VCE applied A levels and double awards in 2008.

2 Maintained schools only. Pupils taking A levels in independent schools or FE sector colleges are not included.

3 Age at the start of the 2007-08 academic year ie 31 August 2007.

4 Figures are based on amended data.

5 Expressed as a percentage of all pupils eligible to receive free school meals.

Source:

National Pupil Database.