Science: GCE A-level

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals passed three A levels including (a) chemistry, biology or chemistry and biology and (b) a science or mathematics subject in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

holding answer 18 January 2010

The information available is given in the following table:

Pupils eligible for free school meals who passed three A-levels including selected subjects in 2008
Subject Number
Chemistry 519
Biology 622
Chemistry and Biology 388
A science or mathematics 1,161

National Pupil Database (NPD)

Pupil level data relating to eligibility for free school meals were not collected in 1997.

These figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, ie 31 August 2007) in maintained schools only and do not include the achievement of students in further education sector colleges previously eligible for free school meals.

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