This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCSE examinations and other approved and accredited qualifications in 2008/09. The information is taken from data collated for the 2009 Secondary School Achievement and Attainment Tables, which is currently in the process of being checked by schools. The results shown in this SFR are based on pupils reaching the end of Key Stage 4. As such, they indicate the progress being made towards the Departmental targets for 16 year olds.

The SFR includes national figures in Tables 1 to 12 and local authority figures in Table 13.

KEY POINTS

PUPILS AT THE END OF KEY STAGE 4

National results for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in all schools

  • 49.7 per cent achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from 2007/08 (Table 1).
  • 50.4 per cent of pupils in the maintained sector achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from 2007/08 (Table 13).
  • 47.7 per cent of pupils in the independent sector achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 2007/08 (Table 3).
  • 69.7 per cent achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A*-C or the equivalent. This is an increase of 4.4 percentage points from 2007/08 (Table 1).
  • 88.4 per cent achieved 5 GCSEs at grade A*-G or the equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, up 1.0 percentage point from 2007/08 (Table 1).

Contact details

Richard Baker - Attainment Statistics Team
Telephone: 0114 274 2118
Email: Attainment.STATISTICS@education.gsi.gov.uk