This question is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to the hon. Gentleman, and a copy of his response has been placed in the House Libraries.
Letter from Richard Brooks, dated
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me for response.
Success rates data for school sixth forms are under development. In line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, these are currently classified as experimental statistics. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development as their reliability and accuracy is being improved.
Experimental statistics; covering the 2009/10 academic year were released by The Young People's Learning Agency on
The statistics released showed, at a headline level, the proportion of young people that start a qualification in an institution and achieve it by the end of the required period of study.
Since 2009/10 further work has been taking place to improve quality. No data have yet been released to cover either the 2010/11 or 2011/12 academic years.
School sixth form success rates have not as yet been used as evidence in inspection by Ofsted inspectors. In the academic year 2009/10, there were 24 schools judged outstanding for their overall effectiveness and 76 schools judged good for their overall effectiveness that had sixth form success rates (on the basis of the experimental statistics) of less than 80%.
During the same year Ofsted inspected 888 secondary schools including 617 sixth forms. No generalisations can be drawn between these success rates and the overall effectiveness judgement made on section 5 inspections.
Statistics covering the outcomes of all inspections carried out in each academic year can be found at:
The most recent official statistics release covering the outcomes of maintained school inspections carried out between