Writing for The Telegraph, Josie Gurney-Read includes a quote from Sir Peter Lampl in an article regarding independent schools.

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.

Commenting on today’s figures, Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said it was “vital” that more was done to improve advice and provide opportunities for bright students from low and middle income homes to attend university.

“The latest destination measures confirm a picture we’ve highlighted in recent years,” he said. “Last year we calculated that five elite schools and colleges have as many Oxbridge entrants as nearly 2000 state schools and colleges, and pupils from the richest neighbourhoods are nine times more likely to go to the best universities than those from the poorest.”

“We need more support for highly able students in state schools, so they aim high and take the right A-level subjects.

“Government, universities and schools all have a big role to play in ensuring students fulfil their potential.”

Read the full article here.

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