The Spectator

Barometer | 1 September 2016

Also in our Barometer column: drowning, subjects with few A*s at GCSE, and quiet trains

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Behind the cover-up

2004

2007

40%

Drowning by numbers

Coast/beach 95
River 86
Out at sea 26
Harbour/marina 23
Lake/loch 23
Canal 22
Bath/jacuzzi 11
Reservoir 7
Pond 6
Swimming pool 5
Quarry 4
Drain 3
Source: National Water Safety Forum

Low-grade options

% of candidates who score an A*
Biology 13%
Business studies 3.3%
Chemistry 15%
Citizenship studies 2.3%
Engineering 0.9%
English Language 3.3%
English Literature 5.1%
Health and Social Care 2.7%
History 8.7%
Hospitality 2.4%
Latin 34%
Leisure and Tourism 1.7%
Maths 5.7%
Media/film/TV studies 3.2%
Physics 15%

Quiet carriages

9.22 (Friday only) Stockport to Reddish South (54 people used Reddish South station last year, using the one train a week). 11.05 (Sunday) Darlington to Teeside Airport (32 people used Teeside Airport station last year, via the one weekly service). 11.36 Paddington to Ruislip One service a day — reports of one person using it.