Oxford can be described as a well-educated city. With the majority of its jobs in knowledge-intensive industries, Oxford has attracted workers with higher levels of qualifications. In 2021 an estimated 48% of the population was qualified to degree level or above compared to an England average of 34%. In addition, 26.5% of the city's adult population was a full-time student (36,216 people) - the highest proportion in England and Wales. 

There is also, however, a significant proportion of Oxford's adult population - 19% - who have no or low qualifications. 

Attainment accountability measures for children and young people attending state-funded schools in Oxford have been improving from recent years.

In the academic year 2017/18, 59% of Year 6 pupils in Oxford's state-funded schools reached the expected levels in Reading, Writing and Maths, against a national average of 64%. In the academic year 2020/21, the average attainment 8 score for KS4 pupils in Oxford's state-funded schools was 49.4. This is lower than the national average of 50.9

For more information on the inequalities in educational attainment and adult skills, see Oxford's results in the 2019 Indices of Deprivation Report for Oxford.


2020 - 2021 KS4 performance data on the DfE website.

Latest GCSE results and equivalent results on GOV.UK.

A comparison of primary and secondary school performance on GOV.UK.

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