Performance at GCSE

This page provides the relevant information from the most recent GCSE results round, comparing selective and non-selective schools.

To download the 2013/14 (provisional) National Tables for GCSE results from the Department for Education website, please click here. Further information is available here. These tables show the following:

Percentage of pupils who achieved 5+ A*-C grades:

  • Comprehensive schools – 65.2%
  • Selective (state) schools – 98.8%
  • All state-funded mainstream schools – 66.3%

Percentage of pupils who achieved 5+ A*-C grades, inc. English & maths:

  • Comprehensive schools – 55.5%
  • Selective (state) schools – 95.9%
  • All state-funded mainstream schools – 56.9%

Percentage of pupils entered for all components of the English Baccalaureate (percentage achieved in brackets).

  •  Comprehensive schools – 38.1% (22.7%)
  • Selective (state) schools – 79.6% (70.9%)

Percentage of pupils who achieved GCSE English & Maths at grades A*-C.

  • Comprehensive schools – 57.9%
  • Selective (state) schools – 96.3%

Even when we take students who have previously tested at similar levels and compare their increase in educational attainment, grammar schools outperform their comprehensive counterparts. For instance:

Percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in both English and Maths GCSEs whose prior attainment was:

  • At Level 4
    • Comprehensive schools – 53.5%
    • Selective (state) schools – 87%
  • Above Level 4
    • Comprehensive schools – 93%
    • Selective (state) schools – 97.4%