Response to Cambridge University guidance on preferred 6th form courses

Public exams, including A levels, are already undergoing reforms that will continue until 2019. The role of schools and colleges, as these reforms work through, is to prepare university candidates for their widest range of first-choice destinations.

Cambridge University has now issued guidance as to the sixth-form courses it prefers but has confirmed that it is ‘committed to ensuring that no student is disadvantaged within its (admissions) processes by the model of provision offered by their educational institution’.

In response, HMC Chairman and Headmaster of Uppingham School, Richard Harman, said: ‘It will come as a considerable relief to teachers, students and parents to learn that Cambridge will seek out only the best applicants, regardless of the sixth-form courses they have taken. HMC remains confident that the courses offered in the sixth forms at its schools will continue to maximise the best opportunities for all students. HMC  members have a longstanding record of ensuring that a very high proportion of their school leavers achieve offers from their chosen universities.’


Notes for Editors

HMC (the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world's leading independent schools. HMC has 260 members in the British Isles educating more than 200,000 children, and a further 60 international members. Our members lead schools that are distinguished by their excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. Members of HMC have met annually in conference since the first meeting in 1869. HMC today is a thriving, pro-active Association of leading figures in school education. See

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