More than 25 local councils have scarce A-Level facilities, some at risk of losing altogether.
Coastal towns and rural areas have the scarcest academic provision.
Free schools opening in most deprived areas
With Knowsley set to lose its last remaining A-Level provider, New Schools Network research suggests this is part of a wider trend with some areas missing out in an uneven patchwork of A-Level provision. Analysis finds that in 27 local authorities, the number of pupils taking A-Levels is lower than a quarter of the population of eligible local pupils. Some areas fare worse, with next to no A-Level offer at all. The data briefing also shows that more deprived areas have the poorest access to A-Level study.