Oxford and Cambridge admit no pupils from almost a quarter of Britain’s top-performing state schools

The Sunday Times is reporting that an analysis of its “Parent Power” schools guide suggests Oxford and Cambridge universities admitted no pupils from almost a quarter of the schools it ranks as top performing in the state sector…

The paper reports that it analysed uni destinations for more than 200 of the top 500 state secondary schools which revealed they accounted for 883 admissions to Oxbridge in 2013 at an average rate of 4.1 per school. By contrast, the rate from independent schools was 6.4.

However, the paper goes on to suggest the figures are starker than these numbers may suggest because while the Parent Power list features independent schools across the full ability range, it only includes only the top secondary schools (based on their performance at A-level and GCSE).

And, it adds, the divergence in university destinations extends wider than Oxbridge….

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Did it say whether students from these schools actually applied for Oxbridge? Difficult to admit them if they don’t apply

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This seems too simplistic to be of much real use to me. Could be numerous factors as to why students didn’t get in

  3. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Ancient Grammar Schools like Worcester RGS just about visible from Oxford. Comprehensives not. #shudder

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