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LESS than a third of youngsters plan to go to higher education after school in a record low, a shock poll shows today.
Only 32 per cent of school leavers polled by the Sutton Trust said they were “very likely” to go on to university or college – down from a high of 41 per cent in 2009.
The educational charity said it was the lowest response since they began polling in 2003.
Officials said the figures had been steadily declining since 2009.
Disadvantaged pupils were also less likely to think they will go on to higher education.
The poll came as sixth-formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland open their A-level results to learn whether they have gained their university places.
The survey of 2,300 children aged 11-16 in England and Wales, found three-quarters think it is important to go to university, down from 78% last year and a high of 86 per cent in 2013.
Girls are more likely to say they expect to study for a degree than boys (81 per cent compared with 73 per cent), the poll found.