GCSE attainment in English and Maths, by population sub-groups

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

GCSE attainment by ethnicity (2018)

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 GCSEs than boys, with 71% of girls achieving grades 9-4 (the equivalent of A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths in London, but only 65% of boys. 

Students with English as a second language perform slightly better than those who speak English as a first language in London, whilst the opposite is true in the rest of England.  

Students with Special Educational Needs 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 10 percentage points higher than that of all students.

GCSE attainment by English-speaking status (2018)

GCSE attainment by special educational needs status (2018)

GCSE attainment by gender (2018)