GCE A-levels: Disadvantaged

Education written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils eligible for free school meals obtained (a) three, (b) four and (c) five A grades at A level in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The information available is given in the following table.

Number of year 13 candidates( 1) eligible for free school meals( 2) achieving A grades at A-level( 3)
3 or more A grades 4 or more A grades( 4) 5 or more A grades( 4)
2006 377 97 4
2007 433 113 20
2008 432 97 17
2009 509 118 19
(1) Candidates aged 16-18 at the end of advanced level study in all schools and colleges.

(2) Year 13 candidates that were eligible for free school meals when in year 11. Free school meal eligibility in year 11 is only available for those candidates who were in maintained schools at the end of key stage 4.

(3 )GCE and Applied A-levels and Double Awards are included.

(4) Candidates achieving 5 or more A grades are also included in the "4 or more A grades" and "3 or more A grades" columns. Similarly, candidates achieving 4 or more A grades are also included in the figures for "3 or more A grades".


National Pupil Database.

Figures linking A-level achievements to year 11 free school meal eligibility are not readily available prior to 2006. Figures for earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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