Jobs were an easy option in the 60s
This is rubbish. Many of my contemporaries in a grammar school in the south Midlands in the 1960s had perfectly good O-levels which would have enabled them to go into the sixth form with every prospect of a university place. They did not do so because there were plenty of good jobs available, a situation, alas, which no longer exists.
Dr R Martin 16 Eyebrook Road Bowdon Altrincham