Independent school pupils ‘twice as likely to attend elite universities’

The Telegraph, 27/01/15, figures published today by the Department for Education show that pupils from fee paying schools are twice as likely to attend a Russell Group university and five times as likely to attend Oxbridge

Pupils from independent schools are over twice as likely to attend a Russell Group university than peers from the state sector, according to the latest Government figures.

While 56 per cent of state educated students went on to higher education, compared with 60 per cent of independent pupils, the data reveals that the type of institution attended varies greatly.

Figures published by the Department for Education show that those educated in fee paying schools are five times as likely to attend Oxford for Cambridge, with only 1 in every 100 pupils from state schools gaining a place at these institutions.

Today’s DfE figures cover the destinations of pupils leaving school and college at the age of 16 or 18 in 2012/13, and highlight the difference in state and independent school admissions to the country’s top universities.

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