GCSE attainment by ethnicity (2020)
In general, GCSE attainment is higher in London than in the rest of England. This is true for both boys and girls, students who do not speak English as a first language, students with Special Educational Needs and students from minority ethnic backgrounds.
In both London and the rest of England, girls perform better at GCSE than boys, with 78% of girls achieving grades 9-4 (the equivalent of A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths in London, but only 72% of boys.
In London, students with English as a second language perform similarly to those who speak English as a first language, whilst in England those with English as their first language perform slightly better than those for whom English is the second language.
Students with Special Educational Needs have much lower attainment than the average student and the attainment gap is roughly the same in London and the rest of England.
In London, Asian students have the highest attainment. Their average pass rate in English and Maths is 8 percentage points higher than that of all students.