HC Deb 31 October 1980 vol 991 cc372-3W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the percentage of school pupils remaining beyond statutory leaving age in England.

Dr. Boyson

In January 1980, the latest date for which information is available, the percentages of pupils remaining at maintained schools (other than special schools) beyond the statutory school leaving age were as follows:

Aged Percentage
16* 25.0
17 18.5
18 6.1
19 0.5
* Excluding pupils with birthdays in September to December 1979.