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GCSE: History

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of pupils were entered for GCSE history examination in (a) mainstream comprehensive schools, (b) selective schools and (c) independent schools in each year since 1997; and how many and what proportion of such pupils achieved a grade C and above in each such year.

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

The requested information is shown in the following tables.

School type
  Number of pupils (1) entered for GCSE (2) history Percentage of pupils (1) entered for GCSE (2) history
Comprehensive Selective Independent (3) Comprehensive Selective Independent (3)
1997 169,298 10,922 20,984 36.3 53.7 50.1
1998 153,001 10,042 20,490 32.0 50.3 47.0
1999 153,505 10,320 19,851 31.8 50.8 46.4
2000 153,670 10,746 20,168 31.9 53.2 47.2
2001 156,816 11,338 20,891 31.3 54.1 47.5
2002 155,211 11,433 21,269 30.8 53.8 48.2
2003 155,847 11,431 21,317 30.2 52.7 48.1
2004 164,188 12,145 22,252 30.8 54.6 47.4
2005 164,298 12,327 23,619 31.2 55.3 50.5
2006 164,606 12,549 23,930 30.8 55.8 49.1
2007 161,001 11,865 23,951 29.8 52.8 49.9
2008 160,362 12,147 23,694 29.9 53.8 49.5
2009 155,381 11,914 23,229 29.9 53.2 48.0
2010 155,982 12,389 23,798 29.9 54.8 47.7
School type
  Number of pupils (1) who achieved grade A*-C in GCSE history Percentage of pupils (1) who were entered for, and achieved grade A*-C in GCSE history
Comprehensive Selective Independent (3) Comprehensive Selective Independent (3)
1997 86,345 10,005 19,349 51.0 91.6 92.2
1998 81,168 9,528 19,043 . 53.1 94.9 92.9
1999 85,265 9,800 18,602 55.5 95.0 93.7
2000 86,869 10,292 18,914 56.5 95.8 93.8
2001 88,122 10,853 19,504 56.2 95.7 93.4
2002 88,617 . 10,852 19,995 57.1 94.9 94.0
2003 91,133 10,932 20,070 58.5 95.6 94.2
2004 97,154 11,692 21,012 59.2 96.3 94.4
2005 98,761 11,762 22,172 60.1 95.4 93.9
2006 100,031 11,927 22,391 60.8 95.0 93.6
2007 99,823 11,357 22,496 62.0 95.7 93.9
2008 100,935 11,597 22,191 62.9 95.5 93.7
2009 99,697 11,457 21,679 64.2 96.2 93.3
2010 101,897 11,827 22,297 65.4 95.4 93.7
(1) For the years 1997-2004,15-year-old pupils are counted. For the years 2005-10, pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 are counted. (2) Only full GCSE courses have been counted. (3) Pupils at independent special schools are also counted. Note: The figures for this answer have been derived from the data collected for the secondary school performance tables.

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