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State school pupils miss out on Oxbridge

Published: Thursday, 20 September 2007   Category: Public sector

Students from independent schools are being favoured over their state school counterparts by the top universities, a new study has claimed.

According to research by the Sutton Trust, the schooling of an applicant had more influence over the institutions than their A-level grades.

And the trust maintain that, based on ability alone, state school educated applicants only receive around a third of the places they are entitled to.

Commenting on the figures, Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said: "It is deeply worrying - not to mention a sad waste of talent - that the chances of reaching one of these highly selective universities are much greater for those who attend a small number of the country's elite schools, mainly fee-paying.

"Where does this leave the vast majority of the population who do not have access to these opportunities?"

The study also showed the top 30 'elite' schools accounted for 25 per cent of the students at Oxbridge universities.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18287956-ADNFCR

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