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Science: GCSE

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in double award science at each grade were educated in the (a) maintained mainstream and (b) independent sector in each year since 2005. (286802)

The double award in science was no longer available to pupils in 2006 and therefore the only pupils counted in the 2008 figures are those who began their studies before 2006 and have been held back.

The following figures are based on the school at which the pupil was registered at the time they sat their exams. It is possible, by moving schools, that some pupils were educated in both sectors.

The requested information is given in the following tables:

Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attaining specific grades in Double Award Science, 2005-08

Maintained sector

Independent sector

2005

2006

2007

2008

2005

2006

2007

2008

**

13,821

15,022

17,532

208

4,758

5,288

5,322

4

AA

27,186

25,196

35,103

415

6,028

5,933

6,002

5

BB

42,475

40,339

58,044

504

5,967

6,271

6,325

7

CC

85,050

78,082

119,090

481

5,699

5,776

6,066

11

DD

55,676

51,255

83,130

254

1,364

1,558

1,749

2

EE

35,085

31,650

49,967

160

335

413

372

1

FF

20,412

18,364

27,786

90

83

98

105

0

GG

9,096

8,403

11,724

65

30

39

33

0

Percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attaining specific grades in Double Award Science, 2005-08

Maintained sector

Independent sector

2005

2006

2007

2008

2005

2006

2007

2008

**

74.4

74.0

76.7

98.1

25.6

26.0

23.3

1.9

AA

81.9

80.9

85.4

98.8

18.1

19.1

14.6

1.2

BB

87.7

86.5

90.2

98.6

12.3

13.5

9.8

1.4

CC

93.7

93.1

95.2

97.8

6.3

6.9

4.8

2.2

DD

97.6

97.0

97.9

99.2

2.4

3.0

2.1

0.8

EE

99.1

98.7

99.3

99.4

0.9

1.3

0.7

0.6

FF

99.6

99.5

99.6

100.0

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.0

GG

99.7

99.5

99.7

100.0

0.3

0.5

0.3

0.0

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils who achieved a GCSE in double award applied science at each grade in 2007 were educated in the (a) maintained mainstream and (b) the independent sector. (286807)

All pupils at the end of key stage 4 that achieved grades in double award applied science are counted in the following table which is broken down by grade and the education sector attended by the pupil.

Double award applied science

2007

2008

Maintained

Independent

Maintained

Independent

Grade

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

A*A*

54

100.0

0

0.0

22

100.0

0

0.0

A*A

62

100.0

0

0.0

AA

481

99.0

5

1.0

173

100.0

0

0.0

AB

449

99.8

1

0.2

BB

2,588

99.4

16

0.6

1,115

99.9

1

0.1

BC

2,046

100.0

1

0.0

CC

8,045

99.7

24

0.3

3,515

99.9

4

0.1

CD

3,094

99.8

7

0.2

DD

7,793

99.8

13

0.2

2,527

99.8

4

0.2

DE

2,011

99.9

2

0.1

EE

5,235

99.9

4

0.1

1,664

99.9

1

0.1

EF

1,265

99.9

1

0.1

FF

3,076

100.0

1

0.0

863

100.0

0

0.0

FG

581

99.8

1

0.2

GG

1,283

100.0

0

0.0

319

99.7

1

0.3

Note:

The grading structure of the double award applied science changed between 2007 and 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who achieved a GCSE in core science and one of (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics at each grade were educated in the (i) maintained mainstream and (ii) independent sector in each year since 2007. (286852)

The following figures are based on the school at which the pupil was registered at the time they sat their exams. It is possible, by moving schools, that some pupils were educated in both sectors.

In 2007, there were only seven pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving a GCSE in core science and at least one GCSE in biology, chemistry or physics both at grade A*-G. All of these pupils were educated in the maintained sector.

In 2008, pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving a GCSE in core science at grade A*-G and one or more of the separate sciences are counted in the following tables.1

1 Pupils that have passed core science will appear in each row for which they have passed a separate science. Pupils are counted once in the final row by their highest grade in the separate sciences.

Number

Maintained

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Biology

671

1,661

2,294

2,296

1,415

788

385

206

Chemistry

712

1,408

1,542

1,131

484

173

86

24

Physics

624

1,278

1,474

1,133

414

106

59

26

Best separate grade

1,120

2,045

2,433

2416

1,553

893

462

239

Number

Independent

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Biology

82

139

116

80

12

5

3

0

Chemistry

103

111

82

63

8

1

4

0

Physics

98

90

69

57

13

1

1

0

Best separate grade

155

156

137

73

9

5

7

0

The following tables give the percentages of the pupils achieving particular grades in the maintained and independent sector.

Percentage

Maintained

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Biology

89.1

92.3

95.2

96.6

99.2

99.4

99.2

100.0

Chemistry

87.4

92.7

95.0

94.7

98.4

99.4

95.6

100.0

Physics

86.4

93.4

95.5

95.2

97.0

99.1

98.3

100.0

Best separate grade

87.8

92.9

94.7

97.1

99.4

99.4

98.5

100.0

Percentage

Independent

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Biology

10.9

7.7

4.8

3.4

0.8

0.6

0.8

0.0

Chemistry

12.6

7.3

5.0

5.3

1.6

0.6

4.4

0.0

Physics

13.6

6.6

4.5

4.8

3.0

0.9

1.7

0.0

Best separate grade

12.2

7.1

5.3

2.9

0.6

0.6

1.5

0.0