More Black school leavers in Herts going to top universities now than a decade ago
The proportion of Black school leavers in Herts going on to study at the UK’s top universities has nearly doubled in the last decade – rising faster than any other ethnicity.
The latest figures from the Department for Education reveal that in the 2019/20 academic year, 16.4% of Black state school students in the area progressed to “high tariff” higher education.
As well as Oxbridge, that includes Russell Group universities, and others with stringent entry requirements.
Within that, national figures show students from African backgrounds are more than twice as likely to go to a top university as those from Caribbean backgrounds.
The figure was up from 11.9% in the previous year, and has increased massively by 95% from just 8.4% of Black pupils in 2009/10.
In comparison, the proportion has gone up by just 24% for White school leavers, 10% for South Asian pupils, and 16% for Mixed-race pupils.
The figures for Chinese pupils and those from other ethnicities are too small to provide reliable estimates.
It means the gap between the proportion of Black and White school leavers going on to the UK’s top universities has reversed.
In 2009/10, 12.6% of White students went on to high tariff higher education, which was much higher than the proportion of Black students at 8.4%.