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GCSE

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools were entered for GCSE examinations in (i) physics, (ii) biology, (iii) chemistry, (iv) history, (v) geography, (vi) mathematics, (vii) English and (viii) English literature in the most recent year for which figures are available. (314907)

[holding answer 2 February 2010]: The information required is given in the following table:

Number of pupils entered for GCSEs in selected subjects in comprehensive and independent schools in 2009

Comprehensive school

Independent school

Selected subject

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Physics

53,532

10.3

15,028

31.0

Biological Sciences

56,884

11.0

16,435

33.9

Chemistry

53,654

10.3

15,671

32.4

History

155,610

30.0

23,248

48.0

Geography

132,109

25.4

21,636

44.7

Mathematics

510,220

98.3

27,664

57.1

English

503,383

97.0

41,347

85.4

English Literature

405,303

78.1

36,839

76.1

Source:

Achievement and Attainment Tables.

The data relate to pupils at the end of key stage 4.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils achieved at least five GCSE grades at A* to C in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (321113)

The information requested is given in the following table:

JarrowSouth TynesideNorth-eastEngland

Number of pupils1, 2

Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C3

Number of pupils1, 2

Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C3

Number of pupils1, 2

Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C3

Number of pupils1, 2

Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C3

1997

962

38.8

1,873

35.7

31,234

36.8

537,661

42.5

1998

937

38.1

1,820

36.9

30,433

37.1

527,538

43.8

1999

951

41.5

1,826

39.9

30,629

39.4

533,730

45.7

2000

948

39.9

1,839

39.3

30,473

41.7

534,343

47.0

2001

1,056

42.3

2,020

39.1

31,826

42.5

554,506

47.9

2002

1,055

42.7

2,142

42.2

31,712

44.3

558,002

49.5

2003

1,060

40.6

2,054

43.5

32,045

46.8

572,040

51.1

2004

1,029

45.3

2,020

45.1

32,409

48.7

590,096

52.0

2005

948

52.4

1,933

51.7

31,007

53.6

582,876

55.0

2006

986

56.0

2,003

55.5

31,679

57.4

592,485

57.5

2007

1,081

60.4

2,096

59.3

32,570

60.6

598,767

60.1

2008

997

66.3

1,954

64.9

32,112

66.5

595,806

64.6

20094

980

76.3

1,914

77.5

30,671

72.8

576,430

70.0

1 From 2006 figures are for pupils at the end of key stage 4. Prior to 2006 results are based on pupils aged 15. 2 Includes pupils attending all maintained schools (including academies and city technology colleges) and from 2000 does not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. 3 From 2004 results incorporate GCSEs, GNVQs and a range of other qualifications approved pre-16. Prior to 2004 results are based on GCSEs and GNVQs only. 4 Revised data. Source: School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils did not obtain at least one GCSE at Grade C or above, excluding equivalents, in each (a) constituency and (b) local education authority in 2009. (321665)

[holding answer 11 March 2010]: The information requested for pupils attending maintained schools (including special schools, city technology colleges and academies) has been placed in the House Libraries.