Nicola Woolcock quotes Sir Peter Lampl on contextual admissions in an article for the Times.
Fee-paying schools helped a thousand state pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge last year, head teachers from the private sector said.
The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents 250 private schools, also said that there was no evidence of discrimination against privately educated applicants to selective universities.
On Saturday Anthony Wallersteiner, the head of Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, told The Times that the parents of privately educated children feared that they were being edged out of top universities by social engineering. Yesterday Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that state school pupils should have a “fair crack of the whip” at getting into Oxbridge.
Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust which tackles social mobility, said he welcomed partnerships between state and private schools, but added: “Contextual admissions is key to tackling the limited progress in closing the gap between the number of advantaged students and disadvantaged students getting into the top universities. It is time for the higher education sector to play their part in recognising not just a student’s prior grade attainment but also their future potential.”