Total number of 4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal Education

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Louise Woodland

Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

This is a Freedom of Information request regarding the total number of 4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal Education.

For each year from academic year 2014-2015 to 2018-2019, I would like to know the total number of fourth year pupils who were due to complete National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school before finishing fourth year. I am only interested in those who were in the process of undertaking these qualifications and did not complete them, not those who would not have been presented for any of these even if they had completed fourth year.

To clarify, by “legally” I mean those children who were 16 years of age by the end of February in fourth year (in accordance with the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, section 33, sub-section 2a) who were entitled to leave due to having had their entry to primary school legally deferred (they started school at age five not four -in accordance with section 32, sub-section 3 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980).

I am trying to establish how many children who would have been presented for National 3,4 or 5 qualifications if they had continued S4, left before completing these.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs L Woodland

Administrator, Argyll and Bute Council


Dear Louise Woodland

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Total number of
4th year pupils who legally leave School before completing formal
Education

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:10229.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2019-06-28
00:00:00.

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Dear Ms Woodland

 

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Total number of
4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal
Education

Reference: argyllbuteir:10229.

 

I refer to your request for information, which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

 

For each year from academic year 2014-2015 to 2018-2019, I would like to
know the total number of fourth year pupils who were due to complete
National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school before
finishing fourth year.

 

I am afraid I must refuse your request by application of the Section 17
exemption of FOISA (information not held).  I have listed the number of
pupils who legally left school before finishing fourth year in each
academic year but we are unable to confirm whether the pupils below were
entered for exams prior to leaving school as we do not record this
particular information.  However, Argyll & Bute Council actively support
all leavers to have secured appropriate qualifications before leaving
school.

 

2014 - 2015     1 pupil

2015 - 2016     2 pupils

2016 - 2017     2 pupils

2017 - 2018     0 pupils

2018 - 2019     2 pupils

 

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Suzanne Harper

Admin Officer

Argyll and Bute Council

Customer Services: Education

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