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Schools in Wales: Examination performance

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  • Release date: 29 May 2013
  • Period covered: 2012
  • Next update: 29 May 2014
An annual report that provides a detailed analysis of Key Stage assessments and GCSE/A level results.

Much of the information has already been published in previous statistical volumes. This publication brings the information together as a comprehensive summary of examination performance in Wales.

The hard copy of the publication is no longer produced, however all data continues to be available as EXCEL spreadsheets on our website. This statistical first release presents a selection of that information. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 22 May 2012.

Key points

  • The percentage of pupils achieving at least the expected level in 2012 was higher than in 2011 for Key Stages 2 and 3, in all subjects.
  • 51 per cent of pupils aged 15 achieved the level 2 threshold including a GCSE grade A*-C in English or Welsh first language and mathematics in 2012, 1 percentage point higher than in 2011, 56 per cent of girls and 47 per cent of boys achieved this level.
  • 57 per cent of entries in GCSE mathematics achieved grade A*-C, for English language the percentage was 62 per cent and for Welsh (first language) it was 72 per cent.
  • 11,538 17-year-old pupils entered a volume equivalent to 2 A levels in 2012, a increase of 26 compared with 2011.
  • The most popular subject at A level for candidates of all ages in 2012 was mathematics, with 3,228 entries.


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