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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained mainstream schools who gained (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight and (e) nine or more good GCSEs in 2006 gained (i) five, (ii) four and (iii) three C grades. [148691]

Jim Knight: This information can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Gender

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the reasons for girls performing on average more highly than boys in GCSE examinations; and if he will make a statement. [149080]

Jim Knight: Girls have out-performed boys since GCSE examinations were introduced in 1988. In 2006 63.4 per cent. of girls and 53.8 per cent. of boys achieved five plus A*-C grade GCSEs. Girls are ahead of boys at all stages of education from early years and foundation onwards. The gap in England has been broadly stable over two decades, and is in line with that in other OECD countries.

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The reasons are complex but appear mainly related to biological differences, differences in maturation, and differences in attitudes to learning and reading at different ages. The Department’s recently published research paper “Gender and education: the evidence on pupils in England”, of which there is a copy in the Library of the House, sets out the research evidence.

Two points should however be noted: first, boys’ GCSE attainment has improved sharply over the past decade, broadly keeping pace with that of girls; second, gender gaps can be minimised by good teaching practice and by the encouragement of reading, ensuring that pupils of both genders make good progress.

The Department is planning a programme of school-level investigations and action research activities designed to identify good practice in raising boys’ motivation and attainment, particularly in the field of literacy. This will build on existing Departmental initiatives such as “Boys Into Books”, which has enabled every state-funded secondary school to select for its library 20 free books targeted at teenage boys. It will also feed into the forthcoming National Year of Reading which will promote reading both for leisure and school attainment purposes.

Grammar Schools

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the grammar schools in England as at 1 January 2007, broken down by local education authority. [149149]

Jim Knight: There are 164 grammar schools in England, as shown in the following table:

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LA name School names

Barnet (3)

The Henrietta Barnett School

Queen Elizabeth’s School

St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

Bexley (4)

Bexley Grammar School

Townley Grammar School for Girls

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Beths Grammar School

Birmingham (8)

Sutton Coldfield Girls’ School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Handsworth Grammar School

King Edward VI Handsworth School

King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls’ School

King Edward VI Camp Hill School (Boys)

King Edward VI Aston School

Bournemouth (2)

Bournemouth School

Bournemouth School for Girls

Bromley (2)

Newstead Wood School for Girls

St. Olave’s and St. Saviour’s Grammar School

Buckinghamshire (13)

John Hampden Grammar School

Burnham Grammar School

Aylesbury High School

Dr. Challoner’s High School

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Chesham High School

Aylesbury Grammar School

The Royal Latin School

Wycombe High School

Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

Beaconsfield High School

Royal Grammar School

Calderdale (2)

The North Halifax Grammar School

Crossley Heath School

Cumbria (1)

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Devon (1)

Colyton Grammar School

Enfield (1)

The Latymer School

Essex (4)

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

King Edward VI Grammar School

Colchester Royal Grammar School

Colchester County High School for Girls

Gloucestershire (7)

Sir Thomas Rich’s School

High School for Girls

Ribston Hall High School

Marling School

Stroud High School

Pate’s Grammar School

The Crypt School

Kent (33)

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Weald of Kent Grammar School

Invicta Grammar School

Highsted School

Highworth Grammar School for Girls

The Harvey Grammar School

Dover Grammar School for Girls

Clarendon House Grammar School

Maidstone Grammar School

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Borden Grammar School

The Norton Knatchbull School

Simon Langton Girls’ School

The Judd School

The Grammar School for Girls Wilmington

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Dartford Grammar School

Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Cranbrook School

The Skinners’ School

Oakwood Park Grammar School

Sir Roger Manwood’s School

The Folkestone School for Girls

Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls

Barton Court Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Dover Grammar School for Boys

Dane Court Grammar School

Chatham House Grammar School for Boys

Gravesend Grammar School for Boys

Gravesend Grammar School for Girls

Kingston upon Thames (2)

The Tiffin Girls’ School

Tiffin School


Heckmondwike Grammar School

Lancashire (4)

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Lincolnshire (15)

Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School

Kesteven and Sleaford High School

Boston High School for Girls

Spalding High School

Queen Elizabeth’s High School

Bourne Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School

Skegness Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

The King’s School

Carre’s Grammar School

King Edward VI School

Caistor Grammar School

The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School—Horncastle

Boston Grammar School

Liverpool (1)

The Liverpool Blue Coat School

Medway Towns (6)

Chatham Boys’ Grammar School

Fort Pitt Grammar School

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School

Rainham Mark Grammar School

Chatham Girls’ Grammar School

The Rochester Girls’ Grammar School

North Yorkshire (3)

Ripon Grammar School

Skipton Girls’ High School

Ermysted’s Grammar School

Poole (2)

Parkstone Grammar School (Girls)

Poole Grammar School

Plymouth (3)

Devonport High School for Girls

Plymouth High School for Girls

Devonport High School for Boys

Reading (2)

Reading School

Kendrick Girls Grammar School

Redbridge (2)

Ilford County High School

Woodford County High School

Stoke-on-Trent (1)

St. Joseph’s College

Slough (4)

St. Bernard’s Convent School

Langley Grammar School

Herschel Grammar School

Slough Grammar School

Southend (4)

Westcliff High School for Boys

Westcliff High School for Girls

Southend High School for Girls

Southend High School for Boys

Sutton (5)

Wilson’s School

Nonsuch High School for Girls

Sutton Grammar School for Boys

Wallington High School for Girls

Wallington County Grammar School

Torbay (3)

Torquay Grammar School for Girls

Churston Grammar School

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

Trafford (7)

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Stretford Grammar School

Urmston Grammar School

Sale Grammar School

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

St. Ambrose College

Loreto Grammar School

Telford and Wrekin (2)

Newport Girls’ High School

Adams’ Grammar School

Walsall (2)

Queen Mary’s High School

Queen Mary’s Grammar School

Warwickshire (5)

Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls

King Edward VI Grammar School

Lawrence Sheriff School

Rugby High School for Girls

Alcester Grammar School

Wiltshire (2)

South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Wirral (6)

Wirral County Grammar School (Girls)

West Kirby Grammar School for Girls

Calday Grange Grammar School

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

St. Anselm’s College

Upton Hall Convent School FCJ

Wolverhampton (1)

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School

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