The government today (July 17th) published data showing how many students went on to study in further education for each school in England.
Published by the Department for Education as part of the government's transparency agenda, the figures are designed to help parents chose the right school for their children - underscoring the role the secondary teacher plays in inspiring pupils to continue with their learning.
"We are opening up access to this new data so people can see how different schools and colleges, and local authorities, perform," explained the schools minister Lord Hill. "It gives parents greater information on which to base decisions."
Also featured among the information released are the figures showing the transition from college to higher education and the proportion of young people in a school, college and authority who go on to attend Oxbridge or a Russell Group university.
The data reveals that in the year after Key Stage 4, 85 per cent of young people were in 'sustained' education lasting six months or more.
Of these, 36 per cent were at school sixth forms, 33 per cent at further education colleges, 12 per cent at sixth form colleges and four per cent on an apprenticeship in these institutions.
At 91 per cent, Brent, Harrow, Redbridge and Sutton had the highest rate among local authorities, while Knowsley had the lowest at 75 per cent.
Reading topped the list of local authorities with the highest proportion of pupils going to a Russell Group university (including Oxbridge).
Commenting on the regional variation shown, Lord Hill added: "It is interesting to see how well some local authorities in more deprived areas, and some schools and colleges in those authorities, do in terms of students going to our best universities, compared to those in other parts of the country."
Posted by Harriet McGowan