FOI release

A level and GCSE results, British-Somali students: 2008 to 2009

An information request and disclosure regarding the GCSE and A level results of students from a Somali background in 2 London boroughs.



  • Date requested: 23 August 2010
  • Publish date: 24 September 2010
  • Updated: 26 April 2012


Can the department provide information concerning A level and GCSE results from 2008 to 2009 of students from a British-Somali background in Islington and Camden? Specifically, the total number of children who sat for these exams.


Please find the available data in the tables below. Please note that Somali pupils are recorded as Black-Somali on the school census rather than British-Somali, and that the coverage is for maintained schools (including academies and CTCs), so students in separate sixth-form colleges will not have been included.

There is only a small number of pupils recorded as Black-Somali in either Camden or Islington for these age groups, so it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions about what the data shows. In the case of Islington, there are so few A level students that the values have been suppressed. This has been done to protect the identity and results of these students.

Further information on A level and GCSE results, as well as attainment by pupil characteristics, including ethnicity, is available from the publication’s section.

 Achievements of Black Somali candidates1 aged 16-182. 2009

Coverage: Camden and Islington, maintained schools only (including CTCS and Academies) 

Level 3 Qualifications - A Level
16-18 year old candidates entered for level 3 qualifications at least equivalent in size to one GCE/Applied GCE A Level Percentage of candidates achieving 2 or more passes of A Level equivalent size
 Camden 33  85 
1. Students entered for a GCE or Applied GCE A level or other Level 3 qualification equivalent in size to an A-level.
2. Age at the start of the 2008/09 academic year i.e. 31 August 2008.
x   Figures not shown in order to protect confidentiality.

Achievements of  Black Somali candidates1 at GCSE and equivalent 2009

Coverage: Camden and Islington, maintained schools only (including CTCS and Academies) 

   Eligible pupils Percentage achieving 5 A* - C including English and maths GCSEs Percentage achieving any passes2
 Camden 78  47   97
 Islington  69  30  100
1.  Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the 2008/2009 academic year.
2.  This includes attempts in entry-level qualifications which do not contribute towards A*-C or A*-G thresholds.