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Sixth-Form Colleges

Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what proportion of students re-sat one or more subjects at O-level examinations for each of the last three years in sixth-form colleges and from sixth forms of conventional secondary schools in neighbouring areas;(2) what is the pupil-teacher ratio at conventional secondary schools in neighbouring areas to those served by sixth-form colleges;(3) what is the staff-student ratio at sixth-form colleges and teacher-pupil ratio at secondary schools serving sixth-form colleges, and the combined ratio;(4) what is the greatest and least number of 11- to 16-year age group secondary schools serving individual sixth-form colleges; and what is the average number;(5) if he will arrange for the collection of statistics about the proportion of fifth-form pupils in areas served by sixth-form pupils in areas served by sixth-time education other than in the sixth-form colleges;(6) if he will arrange for the collection of statistics about the proportion of fifth-form pupils in areas served by six-form colleges who enter those colleges, and of fifth-form pupils in neighbouring conventional secondary schools who enter their sixth forms.

In January 1974 the overall ratio of students to staff at sixth-form colleges in England and Wales was 10ยท7:1. The remaining information is not available and could only be obtained at the cost of disproportionate time and expense.