80 top independent day schools back Open Access

According to the Sutton Trust, 80 top independent day schools have called on the Government to support the Sutton Trust's Open Access scheme, which would enable talented pupils from all backgrounds to enter the country’s highest performing independent day schools. The call comes as the Trust publishes a report making the case for the extension of Open Access under a state-backed programme.

The scheme would transform social mobility at the top end of society, as leading independent day schools dominate admissions to the country’s elite universities and most prestigious professions. Up until 1976, 70 percent of these schools were principally state funded – in what was the golden age of social mobility.

David Levin, Headmaster of City of London Boys’ School and Vice Chairman of HMC, said:

“Despite our extensive bursary programme, we have to turn away many highly able students from low and middle income homes who would thrive in our school. Open Access would allow us to be truly needs blind in our admissions. That is why the City of London Boys’ School is fully behind the scheme and why so many other leading day schools support it too: like us, they want to educate the brightest pupils, irrespective of family background.”

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