London’s colleges promoting social mobility

Eddie Playfair

Inner London’s colleges are helping more disadvantaged students get to university than all its school sixth forms.

In 2010, Inner London’s 19 colleges and 16-19 schools helped more disadvantaged students to progress to university than all 81 of the area’s school sixth forms. The most recent national data on young people’s progression to university for 2010 show that of the 1,906 young people eligible for free school meals (FSM) who progressed to university from Inner London, over half came from sixth form colleges, further education or 16-19 schools. Inner London’s 5 sixth form colleges contributed 20% of the overall total.

 FSM students progressing to HE from inner London colleges in 2010

FSM students progressing to HE% of inner London total
City & Islington college


Newham sixth form college (NewVIc)


St. Francis Xavier sixth form college


Tower Hamlets college


Christ the King sixth form college


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