Destinations of school leavers

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Destinations of KS5 school leavers in London, after two years (2018)

In 2018, 41% of London’s Key Stage 5 disadvantaged students went on to pursue higher education for at least two years, in comparison to 46% of non-disadvantaged students. The second most popular destination for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students was employment (16% and 17% of each group respectively). 

This differs from the rest of England. Overall, the proportion of students who are disadvantaged in the rest of England (22%) is smaller than in London (34%). However, only 21% of disadvantaged Key Stage 5 students in the rest of England went on to pursue higher education for at least two years (almost half of the proportion in London).

This is offset by other destinations in the rest of England, including more disadvantaged students gaining employment after Key Stage 5 (27% in the rest of England, compared to 16% in London) or going on to further education (14% in the rest of England, compared to 10% in London).

According to the Department for Education, students are considered disadvantaged in Year 11 and attract pupil premium funding if they are eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, have been looked after by the local authority, or have been adopted from care.

Destinations of disadvantaged KS5 school leavers in London, after two years (2018)

Destinations of non-disadvantaged KS5 school leavers in London, after two years (2018)

Destinations of KS5 school leavers in the rest of England, after two years (2018)