Pupils going to university - Tower Hamlets hits top 10

By Rob Virtue on June 27, 2014 10:37 AM |

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Figures released by the Government show 68% of students from Tower Hamlets are going to university.

It puts the local authority joint seventh in the nationwide list, topped by fellow London regions Brent, Harrow, Merton, Redbridge and Ealing.

Tower Hamlets was the only inner London borough to make it into the top 10, in the results from the Department for Education for years 2011 and 2012.

The stats were not so rosy for Greenwich, which was including in a separate bottom 10.

It was tenth off the bottom across the country of areas where pupils are going to Russell Group (top ranked) universities.

Only 4% of Greenwich pupils made it to the highest ranked further education establishments.

Schools Minister David Laws said: "We are publishing this data so people can see for themselves how different schools, colleges and local authorities perform. It is right that parents have as much information as possible on which to base decisions for their children's education.

"Some students will be aiming to get a job after college, others will be hoping to win a place at a great university. But all schools and colleges must ensure they deliver for all their students - whatever that student's target."

Mr Laws picked out Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney as a high achieving school in a poor area. It sent 7% of its pupils to Oxbridge in 2011 to 2012.