To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) maintained, (b) independent and (c) comprehensive schools achieved three or more A grades at A-level in 2009. 
Mr. Iain Wright:
The information for 2009 and 1997 is as follows:
Number of candidates achieving three or more A grades at GCE/Applied GCE A-level and Double Awards
Percentage of candidates achieving three or more A grades at GCE/Applied GCE A-level and Double Awards
All maintained schools(2)
Number of candidates achieving three or more A grades at GCE A-level
Percentage of candidates achieving three or more A grades at GCE A-level
All maintained schools(2)
(1) Includes city technology colleges and academies. (2) Includes the results for community and foundation special schools, hospital schools and pupil referral units. (3) Includes non-maintained special schools. Notes: 1. Figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August). 2. 2009 Figures are provisional. 3. Applied A-levels and Double Awards did not exist in 1997.
The 2009 information is derived from table 1 of the "GCE/Applied GCE A/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2008/09" Statistical First Release, found at the following link:
Figures for 1997 are derived from the Achievement and Attainment Tables data.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain one or more GCSEs, excluding equivalents, at grade (a) G, (b) E, (c) D and (d) C or above in 2009. 
The information required is given in the following table:
Number and proportion of pupils who did not gain one or more GCSEs, excluding equivalents at the selected grades
G or above
E or above
D or above
C or above
Achievement and Attainment Tables.
The data for 1997 relate to pupils aged 15 and for 2009 relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.
The figures are cumulative, in that if a pupil is included as not gaining G or above, they will also be included in the data as not receiving E or above, D or above and C or above.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained schools and (b) comprehensive schools in each local authority area entered no students for GCSE examinations for (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biology and (iv) all three in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 25 February 2010]: The requested figures are given in the following table 2009.
This answer has been derived from the achievement and attainment tables data.
The majority of pupils take Science GCSE (also referred to as core science) and Additional Science GCSE. This combination of science GCSEs provides a perfectly good foundation for further study of physics, chemistry and biology at A level.
The number of maintained schools that had pupils that were entered for all three sciences has increased from just over 600 in 2002 to just over 1,500 in 2009.
The Government have introduced a statutory entitlement for all pupils in maintained schools to be able to study at least two science GCSEs, specifically this includes core and additional science or the three separate science GCSEs of physics, chemistry and biology.
There is a further non-statutory entitlement that those pupils who have achieved at least level 6 at key stage 3 will be given the opportunity to study triple science at GCSE either at their own school or through collaborative arrangements with other schools and colleges.
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Since September 2008 all specialist science schools have to offer triple science to at least all pupils achieving level 6+ at the end of key stage 3. Since September 2009 8 Apr 2010 : Column 1572W
we have expected all engineering and technology colleges to offer triple science, and expect all mathematics and computing colleges to do so from September 2010.
Number of comprehensive schools entering no pupils at the end of key stage 4 for GCSEs in
Number of maintained mainstream schools entering no pupils at the end of key stage 4 for GCSEs in