§ Dr. Edmund Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of pupils entitled to leave school in England at Easter 1981 did so then.
§ Dr. Boyson
Full information on 1980–81 is not yet available but early figures suggest that about 12 per cent. of those becoming eligible to leave at Easter did so. Over the whole academic year around 68 per cent. of all pupils
1979 1980 *1981 Number of fifth formers who left at Easter (000s) 44.6 41.1 38.5 Percentage of fifth formers who left at Easter 6.0 5.4 5.0