IELTS Task One Academic: Sample Task

Secondary School Attendance




Specialist Schools 12% 11% 10%
Grammar Schools 24% 19% 12%
Voluntary-controlled  Schools 52% 38% 20%
Community Schools 12% 32% 58%

 The graph shows secondary school attendance at four different types of schools in three years; 2000, 2005 and 2009. Overall there was a huge increase in the percentage of students attending community schools over the time period, whereas numbers in all other types of schools declined. The most considerable decrease was at voluntary-controlled schools. 

The biggest change can be seen in the figures for community schools, which showed proportional attendance of 12 percent in 2000. By 2009, this had increased to 58 percent. Conversely, the next biggest change can be seen in attendance at voluntary controlled schools, which had the majority of attendance in 2000, at 52%. By 2005, this figure had decreased to 38 per cent.  By 2009, numbers had fallen to just 20%, less than half, proportionally. of the 2000 attendance numbers.

The decline in numbers at Grammar schools was less striking but still considerable, decreasing from 24 per cent in 200 to half of that , 12 per cent, in 2009. Specialist schools had relatively steady attendance, only decreasing form 12 per cent to 11 percent in 2005 and 10 percent in 2009.


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