Sixth Form Education: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many upper sixth form students there were in (a) state and (b) independent schools in each year since 1990.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The table below contains the number of 17 year olds in full/part-time education in either state-funded or independent schools in England. The estimates relate to a snapshot of activities at the end of the calendar year, and are based on academic age, defined as ‘age at the start of the academic year’ i.e. age as at 31 August. The latest figures available are for the end of 2018.

Participation in full/ part-time education of 17 year olds by institution type, England, 1990 onwards:[1]

End of calendar year

All state-funded schools

Independent schools[2]

end 1990

96,700

33,400

end 1991

101,800

33,500

end 1992

105,500

33,600

end 1993

106,500

33,200

end 1994 (a)[3]

108,000

33,400

end 1994 (b)

108,800

32,600

end 1995

112,600

33,400

end 1996

123,800

34,900

end 1997

131,200

34,900

end 1998

132,900

34,600

end 1999

134,300

33,400

end 2000

138,900

33,500

end 2001[4]

135,200

33,700

end 2002

139,600

34,900

end 2003

142,900

35,300

end 2004

147,300

34,600

end 2005

153,600

36,200

end 2006

153,600

35,500

end 2007

159,000

37,100

end 2008

164,100

37,800

end 2009

175,300

39,000

end 2010

177,400

38,200

end 2011

180,800

39,400

end 2012

183,200

39,200

end 2013

184,800

39,300

end 2014

190,700

40,500

end 2015

189,500

40,600

end 2016

190,900

40,900

end 2017

197,400

40,300

end 2018 (prov)

202,700

40,000

This data is published in the National Statistics release ‘Participation in education, training and employment: 2018’ in table B4 of the ‘Additional tables – numbers: participation and NEET 2018’, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/810822/16-18_participation_and_NEET_statistics_additional_tables__numbers_.xlsx. In the publication the school numbers are sourced from the annual School Census.

[1] Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

[2] Includes all pupils in independent schools and independent special schools.

[3]The break in time series (1994) is due to changes in the source of further and higher education data.

[4]Pre 2001, includes all pupils in maintained/non-maintained special schools and pupil referral units. From 2001, these are reported under 'Special Schools' and are not included in the figures presented.

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