HC Deb 04 February 1982 vol 17 c183W
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

* Provisional