Oct 8 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
MORE teenagers in Harrow choose to further their opportunities by studying, training or getting a job after sitting their GCSEs than anywhere else in the country.
Department of Education figures show a massive 95.6 per cent of the borough’s 16 to 17-year-olds choose to stay on in education, join a training course or gain employment after the school leaving age, compared to the national average of just 81.4 per cent.
Catherine Doran, Harrow Council’s corporate director of children and families, said: “These figures are simply outstanding and serve as a clear indicator that we are providing our children and young people with the best possible start in life.
“They are entering adulthood equipped with the skills and knowledge desired by employers, colleges, and universities.”
Harrow tops the national table in terms of the percentage of young people who specifically choose to remain in school at post-16 level with a figure of 91 per cent against the national average of 85 per cent.
London as a whole beat the rest of the country with the capital seeing 83 per cent of its 16 to 17-year-olds remaining in education.
The Department for Education statistics go on to prove that a larger percentage of young adults aged 18 and over are studying, training or working than the UK average – 79 per cent to 64.
Mrs Doran added: “We strive to achieve the very best we can for our children and young people. We are ambitious for our children and young people and proud of their positive contributions and achievements.
“Harrow’s parents, schools, and our partners can also be proud of their involvement. Together we remain innovative and forward-looking.
“This ensures a continued focus on high quality education for all Harrow’s children and young people, to maintain and continue to improve the high standards in local schools.
“Supporting our young people is a top priority for the council and despite our figures being the very best in the country we will not become complacent as there remains room for improvement.”