Highest level of schooling
In Merrylands 50% of people aged over 15 years have completed Year 12 schooling (or equivalent).
Merrylands's school completion data is a useful indicator of socio-economic status. With other indicators, such as Proficiency in English, the data informs planners and decision-makers about people's ability to access services. Combined with Educational Qualifications it also allows assessment of the skill base of the population.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the highest year of primary or secondary school the person has completed?'
Persons aged 15 years and over
|Highest level of secondary schooling completed|
|Merrylands - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|Level of schooling||Number||%||Holroyd City||Number||%||Holroyd City||2006 to 2011|
|Year 8 or below||1,197||7.9||6.9||6001||1,325||9.3||8.3||-128|
|Year 9 or equivalent||713||4.7||5.7||6002||877||6.2||6.8||-164|
|Year 10 or equivalent||2,794||18.4||20.3||6003||2,894||20.4||23.3||-100|
|Year 11 or equivalent||775||5.1||4.9||6004||755||5.3||5.3||+20|
|Year 12 or equivalent||7,626||50.2||51.2||6005||6,061||42.7||43.4||+1,564|
|Did not go to school||510||3.4||2.1||6006||488||3.4||2.0||+22|
|Total persons aged 15+||15,195||100.0||100.0||14,199||100.0||100.0||+996|
Analysis of the highest level of schooling attained by the population in Merrylands in 2011 compared to Holroyd City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) as well as a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.
Overall, 34.3% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 50.2% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 35.0% and 51.2% respectively for Holroyd City.
The major differences between the level of schooling attained by the population in Merrylands and Holroyd City were:
- A larger percentage of persons who did not go to school (3.4% compared to 2.1%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 10 or equivalent (18.4% compared to 20.3%)
- A smaller percentage of persons who completed year 9 or equivalent (4.7% compared to 5.7%)
The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Merrylands, between 2006 and 2011 were:
- Year 12 or equivalent (+1,564 persons)
- Year 9 or equivalent (-164 persons)
- Year 8 or below (-128 persons)
- Year 10 or equivalent (-100 persons)