Headteacher claims parents fear ‘social engineering’ as more state students go to Oxbridge

Emily Mee cites the Sutton Trust’s Access to Advantage research in an article for Sky News.

The headteacher of an independent school is facing a backlash after saying a rise in state school pupils being accepted by Oxford or Cambridge has caused parents to fear “social engineering”.

In an interview with The Times, Anthony Wallersteiner, head of the £12,000-a-term Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, said schemes to help poorer students had “successfully driven down the number of Oxbridge places awarded to privately educated pupils”.

His comments have caused a social media storm, with many arguing it is still much harder for state school pupils to access the prestigious universities.


According to analysis published by social mobility charity The Sutton Trust in December, eight private schools were responsible for sending more students to Oxbridge than almost 3,000 other UK state schools put together.

The report found the eight top schools sent 1,310 pupils to Oxbridge over three years, while 2,894 other schools sent 1,220 students between them over the same period.


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2019-05-13T15:59:00+01:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |

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