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Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th February 2009.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of those pupils studying GCSE biology were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The following table shows the number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who attempted GCSE biology and the percentage of these pupils who studied at comprehensive, independent and grammar schools.

Number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attempting GCSE biology, by school type
Number of pupils attempting GCSE biology Percentage of which are from:
Year Comprehensive schools Independent schools Grammar schools
2004 45,344 48.9 34.3 15.9
2005 48,347 52.2 32.1 14.9
2006 51,763 54.8 29.9 14.3
2007 54,168 56.0 28.5 14.3
2008(1) 74,654 61.8 21.2 15.0
(1) Changes in science curriculum introduced.

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