Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils 2015

Year 11 leaver destinations

  • 8% of the 2013/14 KS4 cohort in the North East took up apprenticeships for the following academic year – this compares to 6% nationally and is joint highest along with Yorkshire and the Humber.
  • 12% of the 2013/14 KS4 cohort in Sunderland took up apprenticeships for the following academic year – this is the joint highest percentage in the country along with Barnsley and Cumbria.
  • Darlington was the only North East local authority with a smaller percentage (5%) of KS4 leavers going into apprenticeships than the proportion nationally.

KS5 leaver destinations

  • Of the North East students who entered an A Level or other Level 3 qualification in 2013/14, 61% entered a higher education institution the following year – this is slightly higher than in England as a whole where 59% entered an HEI.
  • The North East local authority with the highest proportion of KS5 leavers going into higher education was Stockton-on-Tees (73%), whilst the lowest was Northumberland (57%).
  • 18% of North East KS5 leavers went to Russell Group universities (including Oxford and Cambridge), compared to 17% nationally (from state-funded schools) and around 1% went to Oxbridge – the same as nationally (again from state schools).
  • 20% of North East KS5 leavers left school to attend an HEI in the “top third” (as defined by DfE); this compares to 26% nationally – there is, however, significant variation between local authorities; from 17% in Middlesbrough to 30% in Stockton next door.
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