Louise Richardson said independent schools were identifying the most academically gifted from low economic backgrounds, giving them scholarships and propelling them forward but that state schools were failing to do the same. The Telegraph reports.
“I really dislike this crude public-private dichotomy,” she told the Telegraph. “One way of looking at it is that 10 per cent of the kids we currently admit are eligible for free school meals, so deprived by any standards. Almost 30 per cent of those kids went to private schools.”
On a recent report revealing that eight top schools, mainly in the private sector, sent as many pupils to Oxbridge over three years as three quarters of all schools in the UK, she added: “But why is that an indictment of us and not an indictment of the state schools system?”
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