Mr. Tom Ellis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of fifth-form pupils from conventional secondary schools entered on courses of full-time education in each of the last three academic years.
§ Mr. Armstrong
The following are the proportions of older pupils from maintained secondary schools, excluding Middle Schools, in England and Wales going on to a sixth form course in each of the last three years:
Percent. January 1972 … … … 44.2 January 1973 … … … 42.5 January 1974 … … … 40.3
These percentages relate the number of pupils aged 16 at the beginning of the academic year who would normally be in the first year of a sixth form course to the number of pupils in school the previous year aged 15 at the beginning of that academic year.