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Written Question
State Education
Thursday 18th June 2015

Asked by: Lord Davies of Stamford (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many state secondary schools there are in England; and how many of these have not had a student enter into Oxford or Cambridge University as an undergraduate over the past five years.

Answered by Lord Nash

The number of state-funded secondary schools is available in the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ Statistical First Release published by Department for Education. Table 2a of the ‘National tables’ spreadsheet contains information for each year since 2003.

Detailed destinations information such as destinations to Oxford and Cambridge Universities is only compiled for students completing Key Stage 5 (A levels or other level 3 qualifications), and is published in the Department for Education “Destinations of Key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils” experimental statistical first release. Figures are therefore only available for secondary schools where they have sixth forms. Data has only been published for four years up to the 2011/12 cohort and information for the previous five years cannot be provided. In the latest destinations data (published 27 January 2015), destinations for institutions are available in table IN1 of the ‘Key stage 5: institution level tables’ spreadsheet.

The table below summarises the published information. Data have only been published for four years up to the 2011/12 cohort so information for the previous five years cannot be provided.

Number of state-funded secondary schools at January 2012

Number of state funded schools in 2012/13 Key Stage 5 destination cohort

Number with no student having sustained participation at Oxford or Cambridge University as an undergraduate, over the 4 cohorts of destinations data available [1]

State-funded schools




[1] To be included in the destinations measure, young people have to show sustained participation in an education or employment destination in all of the first two terms of the year after they took an A level or other level 3 qualifications (October to March).