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Oxbridge needs to guarantee places for the best state school pupils | Owen Jones

Figures show eight top schools feed Oxford and Cambridge. I know how the system works against those from state schoolsOxbridge does not represent Britain’s best or the brightest: let’s just get that out of the way. Many of the country’s most intelligent, thoughtful and perceptive people do not attend either Oxford or Cambridge. Both institutions are instead, disproportionately, attended by the best performing slice of the most economically privileged teenagers in the country. So the figures released today, which elicit a depressing sense of deja vu, that eight top schools send as many pupils to Oxbridge as three-quarters of all schools and colleges put together, might be shocking, but they are unsurprising. So are the findings that top performing state school students are much less likely to apply than their private school equivalents, or that private school pupils were seven times more likely to win a place than comprehensive students. Related: Eton and Westminster among eight schools dominating Oxbridge Continue reading...

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