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Abbreviations and their meanings

Type of institution

AC Academy, publicly funded independent schools offering free education to pupils of all abilities, established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working in partnership with central Government and local education partners.
CTC City Technology College or City College for the Technology of the Arts, independent all-ability, non fee-paying schools offering pupils the opportunity to study a curriculum geared, with the help of private sector sponsors, towards the world of work.
CY Community School, maintained by the Local Authority (LA). The LA is the admission authority - it has main responsibility for deciding arrangements for admitting pupils.
CYS Community Special School, maintained by the LA, which is specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
FD Foundation School, maintained by the LA. It may have a foundation (generally religious) which appoints some - but not most - of the governing body. The governing body is the admissions authority.
FDS Foundation Special School, maintained by the LA, which is specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEN.
FESI Further Education Sector Institution (sixth form college, FE college, tertiary college).
MODFC Ministry of Defence Funded College.
IND Registered independent school, normally charging fees.
IND(SS) Independent school, approved under the Education Act 1996 to take pupils who have statements of special educational needs.
NMSS Non-maintained special school, approved by the Secretary of State under the Education Act 1996, which is specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEN.
VA Voluntary Aided school, maintained by the LA, with a foundation (generally religious) that appoints most of the governing body. The governing body is the admission authority.
VC Voluntary Controlled school, maintained by the LA, with a foundation (generally religious) that appoints some - but not most - of the governing body. The LA is the admission authority.

ADMISSION BASIS

COMP Comprehensive - takes pupils regardless of ability (although a school with a recognised specialism in a prescribed subject may select up to 10% of its intake by aptitude, and comprehensives which have historically selected some pupils by ability can continue to do so).
MOD Modern - a school in a selective area, which takes pupils regardless of ability.
N/A FE sector college - takes students regardless of ability or aptitude.
NON SEL Non-selective - independent school which takes pupils usually regardless of their ability or aptitude.
SEL Selective - a school which takes pupils selected for high ability; also known as a grammar school.
Some schools have dual admission arrangements which are partly selective and partly comprehensive. They are not separately identified in the tables.

SPECIALIST SCHOOLS

A Arts
B Business and enterprise
E Engineering
H Humanities
L Language
M Mathematics and computing
Mu Music
Sc Science
S Sports
T Technology

From 2003, it has been possible for schools to offer mixed specialisms under the specialist school programme. These schools are marked in the Achievement and Attainment Tables with both specialisms, for example S, T.

OTHER ABBREVIATIONS

LA Local Authority
LSC Learning and Skills Council
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCE A level General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
VCE A level Vocational Certificate of Education Advanced Level
AS Advanced Subsidiary - a qualification available in GCE and VCE subjects
Key Skills at Level 3 Available as separate Key Skills qualification in Communication, Application of Number, and IT. A student who achieves all three skills at Level 3 will obtain 60 points, the same as for a grade A at AS level
GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification
NVQ National Vocational Qualification
IB International Baccaleureate Diploma
C&G City and Guilds
BTEC Business and Technology Education Council
R The school or college has not confirmed that it has checked the examination results
B The school or college has not confirmed that it has checked the background information
  Member of sixth form centre/consortium
The school or college has been awarded the Charter Mark
N/A Not available/not applicable

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