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Sixth Form Education

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of students educated to GCSE level in the independent sector taking up places in maintained school sixth forms or colleges for 16-19 education in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (291133)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: The table shows estimates of the numbers and percentages of young people who attended independent schools in the academic year when they reached 16 and who then went to study at a maintained school or college the following year.

The source of the data is matched administrative data which is used to track progress in the early years of post-compulsory education. The estimates have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

Attended independent school in academic year1 reached 16 then attended maintained school or college2 the next academic year3

Numbers

Percentage4

2002/03-2003/04

10,000

25

2003/04-2004/05

11,000

25

2004/05-2005/06

11,000

25

2005/06-2006/07

12,000

26

2006/07-2007/08

12,000

27

1 First academic year shown in row headings.

2 Includes Academies, City Technology Colleges and other mainstream maintained schools, 6th form colleges and other FE colleges.

3 Second academic year shown in row headings.

4 The denominator for the percentage is all those in the dataset who attended independent schools in the academic year they reached 16.