Specialist Schools/Colleges

Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) which specialist colleges and schools which are not specialist science colleges and schools offer (a) separate science and (b) dual award science at GCSE;

(2) what percentage of pupils in (a) specialist colleges and (b) schools which are not specialist science colleges took (i) separate science and (ii) dual award science in the last period for which figures are available;

(3) what percentage of pupils studying in specialist colleges and schools, which are not specialist science colleges and schools, have gained (a) dual award science, (b) biology, (c) chemistry and (d) physics GCSEs, in each of the last five years broken down by grade.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills

The information requested is shown in the following tables for the years 2002 to 2005. Information is not presented for 2001 as there were no schools designated as specialist science colleges in that year.

Table 1: List of schools that are not specialist science colleges and schools where 15-year-old pupils have attempted (a) separate science and (b) dual award sciences at GCSE in 2004/05.

The information has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Only schools whose results are published in the achievement and attainment tables are included in this list.

Table 2: Pupils studying in (a) specialist colleges and (b) specialist colleges which are not specialist science colleges being entered for GCSE qualifications in dual award science and separate sciences in 2005
Percentage
2005 (15-year-olds(49)) Specialist colleges Non-science specialist colleges
Biology 6.4 5.7
Chemistry 6.1 5.4
Physics 6.0 5.4
Dual Award Science 75.0 74.5

(49) Age at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.

Table 3: Pupils studying in specialist colleges and schools which are not specialist science colleges and schools being entered for and achieving GCSE qualifications in dual award science and separate sciences by grade
Percentage
Results of 15-year-olds(50) GCSE grade
A* A B C D E F G Total(51)
2005
Biology 0.7 1.5 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 5.7
Chemistry 0.8 1.3 1.5 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.4
Physics 0.8 1.4 1.4 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.4
Dual Award Science 3.1 6.4 10.5 22.0 14.9 9.2 5.0 2.0 74.5
2004
Biology 0.7 1.5 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.6
Chemistry 0.7 1.3 1.5 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.4
Physics 0.7 1.4 1.4 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.4
Dual Award Science 3.0 6.5 10.6 23.4 15.8 10.7 5.9 2.4 80.0
2003
Biology 0.6 1.5 1.7 1.4 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.0 6.2
Chemistry 0.7 1.3 1.5 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.7
Physics 0.7 1.4 1.5 1.3 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.7
Dual Award Science 2.9 6.6 10.6 23.8 16.5 10.9 6.3 2.6 81.8
2002
Biology 0.6 1.4 1.7 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.4
Chemistry 0.5 1.3 1.5 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.3
Physics 0.7 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 5.3
Dual Award Science 3.1 6.3 10.3 23.4 17.6 11.6 6.0 2.2 82.0

(50) Age at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.

(51) Total proportion of 15-year-old pupils entered for qualification, including those who achieved a 'U' grade, were absent or the result is pending.

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