The percentage of pupils attending four secondary schools You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows the Proportions of Pupils Attending Four Secondary School Types between 2000 and 2009. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

The table illustrates the proportion of students in four different types of secondary schools, which are specialist, grammar, voluntary-controlled and community school in 2000, 2005 and 2009.


Overall, the pupils joining in Community schools were sustainably increased throughout three-time marks, while the others had the downward trends in the number of attended students.


From the beginning of 2000, the Voluntary-controlled Schools was the most popular type of school with 52% students applied, then the Grammar schools with 24% and 12% of students for both specialist schools and community schools. In 2005, people still mainly went to Voluntary-controlled schools, despite it falling from 52% to 32%. Likewise, the number of pupils attending grammar school noticeably decreased to 38% so on the specialist schools slightly went down by 1% to 11%. In contrast, there was an increase in the students' attendance in Community schools, which remarkably went up to 32%. Finally, the Community schools continually increased by 26% in 2009, conversely, other types of schools, Specialist schools, Grammar Schools and Voluntary-controlled Schools all decreased to 10%, 12%, and 20% respectively in the same year.

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Do not use "illustrate" for tables.

The table illustrates (wrong word) the proportion of students in four different types of secondary schools, which are specialist, grammar, voluntary-controlled and community school (wrong form) in 2000, 2005 and 2009.

Overall, the pupils (wrong word. Pupils are not in secondary school.) joining in attending Community schools were sustainably increased (wrong expression) throughout three-time marks, (wrong words) while the others had the downward trends in the number of attended students. (wrong expression - bad English)

From the beginning of 2000, (The table does not show January, February or other months in that year.) the Voluntary-controlled Schools was (subject-verb mismatch) the most popular type of school with 52% students applied, (wrong word) then the Grammar schools with 24% and 12% of students (Are those for two different years?) for both specialist schools and community schools. In 2005, people still mainly went to Voluntary-controlled schools, despite it falling from 52% to 32%. Likewise, the number of pupils (Pupils is wrong. Number is wrong. Number of pupils would be 64,987 or 12,443 - Number is not percentage. They are different measures.) attending grammar school noticeably decreased to 38% so on the specialist schools slightly went down by 1% to 11%. In contrast, there was an increase in the students' attendance in Community schools, which remarkably went up to 32%. Finally, the Community schools continually (Wrong word. This is for line graphs with continuous data. You do not have continuous data. It is only once ever 4 years.) increased by 26% in between 2005 and 2009, conversely, other types of schools, Specialist schools, Grammar Schools and Voluntary-controlled Schools all decreased to 10%, 12%, and 20% respectively in the same year. (incorrect phrase - the decrease did not happen in one year.)


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The table lists the percentages of students by the type of secondary school they attended in 2000, 2005 and 2009. There are four kinds of schools shown: voluntary-controlled schools, grammar schools, specialist schools and community schools.

Overall, the entire student population is accounted for by these four types of schools; the percentages add up to 100% for each of the years. Three of the four decreased their share of students between 2000 and 2009; the notable exception was Community schools. The percentages in 2005 were intermediate between 2000 and 2009 for all types.

In detail, the relative attendance of the Community schools increased by almost a factor of five, from 12% in 2000 to 58% in 2009. In contrast, the Voluntary-controlled schools became far less popular, their share of the students decreasing by 60%. They had attracted more than half of the students in 2000, but only two in ten in 2009. The share for the Grammar schools was cut by nearly the same percentage, 50%, as it declined from 24 to 12%. Specialist schools were about the same, 12% in 2000 and 10% in 2009.