Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of white (a) boys and (b) girls eligible for free school meals in their last year at school obtained a place at (i) university and (ii) a Russell Group university in (A) 1980 and (B) the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)

The following figures show pupils who were in English maintained schools and aged 15 at the start of academic years 2002/03 who progressed to HE by the age of 19 in 2006/07. 2005/06 is the earliest year for which these figures are available.

These figures have been estimated using matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in later in the year.

Estimates of the number and proportion of white female and male pupils aged 15 at the start of the 2002/03 academic year, in English maintained schools, who progressed to HE by the age of 19 in 2006/07
Young persons in UK HE( 1) of which Russell Group HEIs
FSM( 2) Non-FSM( 2) FSM Non-FSM
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
White females 2,600 10 71,000 35 200 1 14,200 7
White males 1,800 7 56,800 27 200 1 11,700 6
(1) Includes HE level courses at English further education colleges.

(2) FSM and non-FSM indicate receipt and non-receipt of free school meals respectively.

Note:

In 2002/03 there were 81,100 maintained school pupils aged 15 claiming free school meals. This represents around 14 per cent. of all pupils in English maintained schools.

Source:

Matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record. All figures are estimates and numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.

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