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Sixth Forms

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if she will publish a table giving the distribution by size of sixth forms in maintained secondary schools as a whole and in grammar schools, comprehensive schools and sixth form colleges, respectively, in 1976, showing in particular (a) the number of such sixth forms containing less than 50 pupils, between 50 pupils and 150 pupils and more than 150 pupils, and (b) the average size of sixth form in each of the three types of school; (2) if she will publish a table giving the distribution by size of sixth form classes in maintained secondary schools as a whole and in grammar schools, comprehensive schools and sixth form colleges, respectively, in 1976, showing in particular (a) the proportion of classes with fewer than five pupils, between five and 10 pupils and

Maintained schools in England and Wales
Size of sixth formGrammarComprehensiveSixth form collegesAll secondary schools
1–50 pupils218021,306
51–150 pupils3071,00121,407
151 or more pupils14931166533
All schools with a sixth form4772,114683,246
Average size of sixth form (pupils).1308242086
Maintained schools in England and Wales
Percentage
GrammarComprehensiveSixth form collegesAll secondary schools
Percentage distribution of sixth form classes "as taught"—
with 1 to 5 pupils25301627·5
with 6 to 10 pupils32322831·5
with 11 or more pupils43385641·0
100100100100·0
Average size of sixth form classes (pupils).10·310·111·310·3
Sixth forms have been taken to comprise of pupils in secondary schools above school-leaving age at the commencement of the autumn term.