SECONDARY EDUCATIONCategory: Education
Secondary schools are generally much larger than primary schools. Over half have between 400 and 800 pupils. The largest schools have 2,000. There were 5,400 maintained secondary schools in 1970 with 3 million pupils, 178 direct grant schools with 119,000 pupils and 2,775 independent secondary schools, including the famous “public1’ schools, with over 43,000 pupils. These are divided almost half and half between those the Department of Education recognizes as efficient and those it is merely prepared to register.
Maintained secondary schools may be organized in a variety of ways. The policy of the Labour Government in 1965—70 was to move from the old division of grammar and secondary modern schools over to a non-selective comprehensive pattern. About 40 per cent of secondary school pupils are now in comprehensive schools of one sort or another.
In recent years an increasing proportion of pupils have been staying on beyond the minimum school-leaving age of fifteen. About 50 per cent were staying on voluntarily in 1970—71 before school-leaving age was raised to sixteen from 1972—73.
(From Education in Great Britain and Ireland. A Source В док, 1973)