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University take up lower than expected among Haverhill students

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A new study has shown that fewer students from all parts of Haverhill are going on to study at university than would be expected.

To address this imbalance, Anglia Ruskin University’s outreach team is using the data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to ensure it works in the right areas of eastern England to help people better understand the opportunities open to them.

The study has ranked electoral wards in England according to the difference between the number of young people who would be expected to go on to higher education, according to their GCSE results, and those that actually do.

Wards in England have been divided into 10 groups, or deciles. Haverhill East and Haverhill North are both in the lowest decile.

Haverhill East has a 21.3 per cent young participation rate, 6.2 per cent down on what would be expected, ranking it 324th out of 7,967 wards and at 22.5 per cent Haverhill North is 6.1 per cent down, with a ranking of 429.

Haverhill South and Haverhill West are both in the second lowest decile, with the former showing a 5.2 per cent deficit (13.7per cent, a ranking of 640th) and the latter a 4.8 per cent gap (25.4 per cent, a ranking of 986th).

Marc Rothera, Senior Outreach Officer at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “This data suggests that there are some areas of our region where people are not fully informed about the education choices available to them.

“Whilst we recognise university isn’t for everyone, and there are other opportunities out there, we will be using this new data to help guide our outreach activity and ensure young people are aware of the benefits of further study.

“Equally, plenty of people are now deciding to go to university later in life, perhaps to get a promotion, change career or to increase their life experience.

“We’re keen to ensure everyone, regardless of age or background, is aware of the benefits of higher education, even if it’s not something they’ve considered before. It is never too late to learn.”

Linton is in the third decile, with 38.9 percent participation, down 5.1 percent, putting it in 1,164th place. Clare is in the fourth decile with a 6.0 per cent gap on its expected 32 per cent participation rate, placing it in 1,978th.

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