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The latest national statistics on GCSE and Equivalent Results in England 2010/11 (Provisional) produced by the Department for Education were released on 20 October 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCSE examinations and other accredited qualifications in 2010/11. The information is taken from data collated for the 2011 Secondary School Performance 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 (KS4), typically those starting the academic year aged 15.

iGCSEs accredited as International Certificates were included in this publication for the first time last year. However, many of the more popular iGCSE qualifications which had significant volumes of entries were not accredited at the time of publication and were therefore excluded. Since the last publication, a greater number of iGCSEs have been accredited as certificates and are now reflected in these statistics. These have had a significant affect on the statistics published in this SFR, most notably for those covering the independent schools. Some analysis of the impact of iGCSEs on key indicators is provided in the technical notes of this SFR.

A number of new statistics are included in this publication:

- The entries and achievements in each English Baccalaureate subject area are now shown alongside overall entry and achievement figures in table 1b. These figures are also provided at local authority and regional level in table 18.

- There are two new national tables showing pupils making expected progress in English and mathematics from 2007/8 to 2010/11 (table 1c) and showing expected progress broken down by prior attainment and KS4 grades (table 1d). Local authority and regional figures for pupil progression are in tables 19 and 20. These tables continue the series published in SFR10/2011 'Percentage of Pupils Making Expected Progress in English and Mathematics between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 in England: 2007/08 - 2009/10'

Key points

National results for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 for all schools (both maintained (including academies and special schools) and independent)

  • 58.3 per cent achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, an increase of 4.8 percentage points from 2009/10 (Table 1a, Chart 1).
  • 22.7 per cent were entered for all of the subject areas of the English Baccalaureate and 16.5 per cent passed every subject area with grades A* to C. This compares to 22.0 per cent who were entered and 15.6 per cent who achieved the English Baccalaureate in 2009/10 (Table 1b).
  • 59.0 per cent achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades A* to C, compared to 54.0 per cent in 2009/10 (Table 2).
  • 78.8 per cent achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent, an increase of 3.4 percentage points from 2009/10 (Table 1a, Chart 1).

Underlying data for this SFR is not yet available but will be published as soon as possible.

Contact details

Alison Tolson
Telephone: 0114 2742119
Email: Alison.Tolson@education.gsi.gov.uk