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GCSE

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils who had participated in gifted and talented programmes and who sat GCSEs in 2009 achieved (a) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C, (b) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and mathematics, (c) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C including English, mathematics and a modern foreign language and (d) eight or more GCSEs at grades A* - A. (294641)

[holding answer 20 October 2009]: Information on GCSE attainment by pupil characteristics for the 2008-09 academic year is not yet available. The first results from this data will be published in December 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils achieved eight or more GCSEs at grade A*-A (a) nationally, (b) in selective local education authorities, (c) in comprehensive education authorities and (d) in partially selective local education authorities in 2009. (294645)

[holding answer 20 October 2009]: The figures requested are in the table:

Local authority admission policy

Percentage of pupils1 achieving eight or more GCSEs at grade A* or A, 20092

Selective3 local authorities

11.4

Comprehensive local authorities

5.7

Partially selective4 local authorities

8.4

National (maintained schools)

6.7

1 Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in maintained schools.

2 Data for 2009 are provisional and subject to change after school checking.

3 Selective local authorities include Buckinghamshire, Kent, Medway, Slough, Southend, Torbay and Trafford.

4 Partially selective local authorities include Barnet, Bexley, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bromley, Calderdale, City of Plymouth, Cumbria, Devon, Enfield, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kingston upon Thames, Kirklees, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, North Yorkshire, Poole, Reading, Redbridge, Stoke on Trent, Sutton, Telford and the Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Wirral and Wolverhampton.