The GCSE results for 2011 showed that the gender gap between girls and boys in terms of exam success increased from the 2010 figure. Over 26% of girls got an A* or A grade compared to 19.8% for boys. The 6.7% difference at these grades between girls and boys is the highest on record but confirms a trend that has been continuing for some years. Nick Gibb, the Coalition government’s Schools Minister, called the trend “a concern”. The gender gap widens when the grades A* to C are taken into consideration – 8.1% – but reduces to 6.6% when the grades A* to E are assessed.

 

2011 GCSE exam results based on gender:

 

A* grade:

 

Girls = 9.1% (8.6% in 2010)

Boys = 6.4% (6.3% in 2010)

 

A grade:

 

Girls = 17.4% (16.9% in 2010)

Boys = 13.4% (13.3% in 2010)

 

B grade:

 

Girls = 22.8% (21.7% in 2010)

Boys = 20.5% (19.5% in 2010)

 

C grade:

 

Girls = 24.2% (25.4% in 2010)

Boys = 25.7% (26.3% in 2010)

 

D grade:

 

Girls = 13.8% (14.6% in 2010)

Boys = 16.5% (17.3% in 2010)

 

E grade:

 

Girls = 6.7% (6.8% in 2010)

Boys = 8.9% (8.9% in 2010)

 

F grade:

 

Girls = 3.4% (3.4% in 2010)

Boys = 4.8% (4.7% in 2010)

 

G grade:

 

Girls = 1.7% (1.6% in 2010)

Boys = 2.4% (2.2% in 2010)

 

U grade:

 

Girls 0.9% (1.0% in 2010)

Boys = 1.4% (1.5% in 2010)

 

Girls A* to A = 26.5% (25.5% in 2010)

Boys A* to A = 19.8% (19.6% in 2010)

 

Girls A* to C in 2011 = 73.5% (71.3% in 2010)

Boys A* to C in 2011 = 65.4% (66.7% in 2010)

 

Girls A* to E in 2011 = 94% (97.5% in 2010)

Boys A* to E in 2011 = 87.4% (88.1%)