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GCSE

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils did not gain a single GCSE grade excluding equivalents in 2008. (251122)

The number of pupils that did not attain at least one full1 GCSE (excluding all2 equivalents) in the grade of A*-G is 24,119, which is a proportion of 3.7 per cent. of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the year, 2008.

1 Short GCSE courses have been excluded. Full, double and extended double courses have been included.

2 GNVQ’s have also been excluded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils, including those in the cohort but not entered for examination, in (a) comprehensive schools, (b) independent schools, (c) pupil referral units, excluding hospital schools, (d) special schools, (e) grammar schools, (f) academies and city technology colleges and (g) any other type of school attained five GCSEs grades A* to C, including English and mathematics and excluding equivalents in the last year for which figures are available. (266862)

The requested information is given in the following table:

Number and proportion of pupils at the end of KS4 that achieved five or more GCSEs1 at grade A*-C, including English and maths, by school type in 2008

School category

Number of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C including English and maths

Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*- C including English and maths

(a) Comprehensive2

247,840

46.2

(b) Independent mainstream

22,597

49.0

(c) Pupil referral units (excluding hospital schools)

55

0.8

(d) Special schools3

110

1.0

(e) Grammar schools

22,038

97.7

(f) Academies and CTCs2

4,448

34.6

(g) Other (modern and other maintained schools)

10,267

34.7

1 Only GCSE and vocational GCSE grades have been considered. 2 Academies and CTCs are a subset of comprehensive schools. 3 Including independent special schools and excluding hospital schools.