Religion: GCSE

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils took GCSE religious education in (a) South Swindon constituency and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2002; and how many are expected to take GCSE religious education in 2013.

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

The information requested can be found in the following table for 2004/05 to 2010/11. Data for earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Department has made no estimate of the number of pupils expected to take GCSE religious studies in either 2012 or 2013.

Numbers and percentages of pupils at the end of key stage 4(1, 2) entering full GCSE religious studies and GSCE short course religious studies(3) in South Swindon constituency(4), South West region(5) and England(6) : 2004/05-2010/11—Coverage England(7)
  2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11
South Swindon:              
Eligible pupils 1,149 1,180 1,436 1,370 1,363 1,320 1,291
Number entering full GCSE religious studies 42 38 215 211 206 235 241
Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies 3.7 3.2 15.0 15.4 15.1 17.8 18.7
Number entering GCSE short course religious studies 374 750 859 757 533 426 336
Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies 32.6 63.6 59.8 55.3 39.1 32.3 26.0
               
South West:              
Eligible pupils 57,379 58,108 57,968 57,593 56,607 56,926 55,540
Number entering full GCSE religious studies 8,958 10,298 10,234 10,670 12,152 13,112 15,127
Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies 15.6 17.7 17.7 18.5 21.5 23.0 27.2
Number entering GCSE short course religious studies 25,752 26,752 29,486 30,207 28,124 26,746 23,150
Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies 44.9 46.0 50.9 52.4 49.7 47.0 41.7
               
England:              
Eligible pupils 582,876 592,485 598,767 595,806 576,420 575,970 564,863
Number entering full GCSE religious studies 118,794 131,266 141,577 149,837 153,205 161,948 179,901
Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies 20.4 22.2 23.6 25.1 26.6 28.1 31.8
Number entering GCSE short course religious studies 213,266 224,998 233,485 235,901 225,067 215,473 188,034
Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies 36.6 38.0 39.0 39.6 39.0 37.4 33.3
(1) Figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. (2) Figures include all maintained schools (including CTCs and academies). (3) In some cases pupils have been entered into both the full and short GSCE religious studies and are therefore included in both sets of figures (around 200 pupils in 2004/05, less than 15 pupils in 2005/06 to 2008/09 and none in 2009/10 to 2010/11). (4) Parliamentary constituency figures are based on the postcode of the school. (5) Regional figures are based on the region of the local authority maintaining the school, or in the case of CTCs and academies, the local authority in which the school is situated. (6) England figures are the sum of all local authority figures. (7) Figures are given for England only as data for Wales is not available. Source: National Pupil Database (final data)

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