Refusals under private school cap ‘would top 1,000 on campuses’

Three English universities would potentially have had to turn down places to more than 1,000 students because of their private education and offer them to state school entrants instead if Labour’s proposed cap were implemented, a Times Higher Education analysis shows. 

Based on Higher Education Statistics Agency data on full-time undergraduate entrants for the 2017-18 academic year, the most recent statistics available, a further nine institutions would have had to turn away at least 500 private school applicants.

A motion passed at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton seeks to make a raft of changes around independent schools, including a plan to “admit the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population (currently 7 per cent)”.

Of all English institutions in 2017-18, the University of Oxford had the largest share of young full-time entrants from independent schools at 42 per cent. However, because of its smaller intake, it would not be the most affected in terms of total numbers.

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