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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of those pupils studying GCSE chemistry were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (247782)

The following table shows the number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who attempted GCSE chemistry and the percentage of these pupils who studied at comprehensive, independent and grammar schools.

Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attempting GCSE chemistry, by school type

Number of pupils attempting GCSE chemistry

Percentage of which are from:

Year

Comprehensive schools

Independent schools

Grammar schools

2004

43,650

48.7

34.2

16.5

2005

45,929

51.8

32.0

15.6

2006

49,241

54.5

29.8

15.0

2007

51,056

55.8

28.1

15.2

20081

68,289

60.9

21.9

16.1

1 Changes in science curriculum introduced.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of those pupils studying GCSE biology were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (247784)

The following table shows the number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who attempted GCSE biology and the percentage of these pupils who studied at comprehensive, independent and grammar schools.

Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attempting GCSE biology, by school type

Number of pupils attempting GCSE biology

Percentage of which are from:

Year

Comprehensive schools

Independent schools

Grammar schools

2004

45,344

48.9

34.3

15.9

2005

48,347

52.2

32.1

14.9

2006

51,763

54.8

29.9

14.3

2007

54,168

56.0

28.5

14.3

20081

74,654

61.8

21.2

15.0

1 Changes in science curriculum introduced.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of students in schools with (a) mathematics, (b) arts, (c) sport, (d) science, (e) music, (f) technology, (g) business, (h) engineering and (i) humanities as a specialism achieved at least five GCSE A* to C grades in each of the last three years. (256019)

[holding answer 10 February 2009]: The information requested is set out in the following table.

Percentage achieving 5+ A* to C at GCSE or equivalent

Type of specialism

Number of schools1, 2

2006

2007

2008

Arts

454

57

60

64

Business and Enterprise

248

57

60

64

Engineering

64

58

60

64

Humanities

112

61

63

67

Language

224

67

69

73

Maths and Computing

258

62

63

68

Music

22

75

74

77

Science

324

66

67

71

Sports

360

54

58

63

Technology

561

62

64

68

1 Specialism defined at September 2007 (i.e. the beginning of the 2007/08 academic year). Only schools with results in all three years have been included.

2 Schools with combined specialisms are categorised by their first listed specialism.