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GCSE attainment by borough and FSM status

Key points

  • A lower proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals under-attained at GCSE level than the average for the rest of England in every London borough except Bexley.
  • A lower proportion of pupils not eligible for free school meals under-attained at GCSE level than the average for the rest of England in every London borough except Lewisham.
  • 8 of the 10 of the best performing boroughs in terms of attainment among free school meal pupils were in Inner London.

GCSE attainment by borough and FSM status

What does the graph show?

The graph above shows how GCSE attainment in 2013/14 varied within London and by free school meal status. It also shows the average for the rest of England as a comparison.

Other than Bexley, the proportion of free school meals pupils not achieving the target GCSE standard was lower in all London boroughs than the rest of England average (at 70%). For pupils not eligible for free school meals only Lewisham was higher than the rest of England average (at 40%).

54% of free school meal pupils in London did not achieve the target GCSE standard in 2013/14, 16 percentage points less than the rest of England. For non-FSM pupils it was 34%, 6 percentage points lower than the rest of England. Lewisham was the only borough where the attainment among non-FSM pupils was worse than the average for the rest of England.

8 of the 10 of the best performing boroughs in terms of attainment among free school meal pupils were in Inner London. It was best in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea with 37% and 38% of FSM pupils not attaining the target standard respectively. In these two boroughs FSM pupils did better than the non-FSM average for the rest of England.

The gap in attainment between FSM pupils and non-FSM pupils was 19 percentage points in London, though large it is much smaller than the 29 percentage point gap for the rest of England. The gap was less than 10 percentage points in Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Islington, where FSM attainment is relatively high.

Data used

GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics, DfE

Indicator last updated: 19 October 2015