Eight elite schools sent more to Oxbridge than a quarter of UK schools
7th December 2018

Eight of Britain’s most elite schools sent 1,310 students to Oxbridge in three years, while 2,894 schools combined only sent 1,220

  • Eton, which charges £40,000 a year, sends 60 to 100 each year to Oxbridge
  • The study found the eight top schools were sending 1,310 over three years
  • In comparison, 2,894 schools across the UK were sending 1,220 pupils
  • Public school students were seven times more likely to attend Oxbridge

Eight elite schools sent as many pupils to Oxbridge over the last three years as three-quarters of all the schools in the country, figures show.

Analysis by educational charity The Sutton Trust found that despite efforts to widen access at the universities, admissions are still dominated by a tiny number of schools.

One was Eton, which charges £40,000 a year and lists David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg as former pupils.

Every year, Eton sends between 60 and 100 pupils to either Oxford or Cambridge.

Eton College in Berkshire lists David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg among its alumni and charges pupils £40,000 in fees

St Paul’s for Boys also ranked in the top eight, sending 53 to Oxbridge last year; they charge fees of £37,000

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Also included was £39,000-a-year Westminster, which sends 70 to 80 to Oxbridge, and £37,000-a-year St Paul’s for Boys in London, which last year sent 53.

The Sutton Trust said it could not disclose the other five schools due to data permission issues.

The Trust’s Access to Advantage report analysed UCAS data for university acceptance rates by school type.

It found that the eight schools and colleges with the highest number of Oxbridge acceptances had 1,310 between them over a three-year period.

In contrast, 2,894 schools across the country with two or fewer acceptances sent just 1,220 pupils to Oxford or Cambridge in the same time period.

The famous Quad and clock tower at Eton, where 60 to 100 students are sent to Oxford or Cambridge every year

The report found that pupils from independent schools are seven times more likely to attend Oxbridge than their peers at comprehensives.

Sir Peter Lampl, Sutton Trust founder, said: ‘If we are to ensure that all young people, regardless of their background, have a fair chance of getting in to our top universities, we need to address the patchwork of higher education guidance and support.

‘All young people, regardless of what area they grow up in, or what school they go to, should have access to high-quality personal guidance that allows them to make the best informed choices about their future.’

The figures also show that private school pupils have a better success rate when compared with other applications.

More than a third of applications to Oxbridge – 34 per cent – come from pupils at independent schools but 42 per cent of places go to those students.

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