Oxbridge suc­cess for Bucks pupils

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STATE school pupils in Buck­ing­hamshire are among the most likely to make it to Oxbridge.

Fig­ures from the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion show 2.8 per cent of pupils in the area went on to Oxbridge af­ter fin­ish­ing their A Lev­els or sim­i­lar qual­i­fi­ca­tions in 2012, the most re­cent data avail­able – the sec­ond high­est pro­por­tion in Eng­land, with around 111 pupils get­ting places.

Over­all, more


a quar­ter (25.6 per cent) of pupils went on to Rus­sell Group uni­ver­si­ties, which in­cludes Oxbridge, one of the high­est pro­por­tions in Eng­land.

Across Eng­land, 0.8 per cent of pupils get into Oxbridge from state-funded schools and col­leges, com­pared to 4.7 per cent of in­de­pen­dent school pupils.

Pupils at state schools in the south-east were the most likely to go to Oxbridge, with one per cent mak­ing it to the top uni­ver­si­ties, com­pared to 0.5 per cent in the north east.

In com­par­i­son, 37 per cent of pri­vate school pupils go on to Rus­sell Group uni­ver­si­ties, with 45.6 per cent get­ting places at uni­ver­si­ties in the top third of in­sti­tu­tions.

Pri­vate school pupils are also nearly three times more likely to de­fer uni­ver­sity to take a gap year than state school pupils.

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