A-level gap doubles

26th February 2010 at 00:00

The percentage point gap between the number of comprehensive and private school pupils achieving three As at A-level has doubled in the past decade, figures released by the Conservatives reveal. Last year, 32.6 per cent of independent pupils gained three A grades as opposed to just 8.1 per cent in comprehensives. This is compared to 1998, when 16.9 per cent and 4.7 per cent respectively achieved the same grades. The gap has widened from 12.2 per cent in 1998 to 24.5 per cent in 2009. Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove said: "The Conservatives will create a new generation of independent state schools funded by taxpayers but run by teachers and responsible to parents so that all parents get what they want."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today