Destinations of KS5 school leavers in London, after two terms (2020/21)
33% of young people completing KS5 (post-GCSE qualifications) in London in 2020/21 were classed as disadvantaged, compared to 23% in the rest of England.
In London, the most common destination was higher education, with similar numbers of disadvantaged (44%) and non-disadvantaged (49%) students going to university. This is very different from the rest of England, where a lower proportion of people attend higher education overall, and the gap between disadvantaged (22%) and non-disadvantaged (37%) students is much greater. In London, young people are less likely to enter work (12%, compared to 23% in the rest of England) or begin an apprenticeship (3%, compared to 7% in the rest of England).
Pupils are classified as disadvantaged in Year 11 if they are either eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or were looked after by a local authority or adopted from care.