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|
|Level of schooling||Number||%||Holroyd City||Number||%||Holroyd City||2006 to 2011|
|Year 8 or below||1,196||7.8||6.9||6001||1,331||9.3||8.3||-135|
|Year 9 or equivalent||762||5.0||5.8||6002||910||6.4||6.9||-148|
|Year 10 or equivalent||2,817||18.4||20.3||6003||2,919||20.5||23.3||-102|
|Year 11 or equivalent||791||5.2||4.9||6004||741||5.2||5.2||+50|
|Year 12 or equivalent||7,633||49.8||51.0||6005||6,091||42.7||43.3||+1,542|
|Did not go to school||523||3.4||2.1||6006||483||3.4||2.0||+40|
|Total persons aged 15+||15,331||100.0||100.0||14,274||100.0||100.0||+1,056|
Analysis of the highest level of schooling attained by the population in Merrylands in 2011 compared to Holroyd City shows that there was a similar proportion of people who had left school at an early level (Year 10 or less) and a lower proportion of people who completed Year 12 or equivalent.
Overall, 34.6% of the population left school at Year 10 or below, and 49.8% went on to complete Year 12 or equivalent, compared with 35.0% and 51.0% 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 12 or equivalent (49.8% compared to 51.0%)
The largest changes in the level of schooling attained by the population in Merrylands, between 2006 and 2011 were:
- Year 12 or equivalent (+1,542 persons)
- Year 9 or equivalent (-148 persons)
- Year 8 or below (-135 persons)
- Year 10 or equivalent (-102 persons)