The Daily Telegraph

Increase in state pupils admitted to Cambridge


The University of Cambridge admitted a record proportion of state school pupils this year, adding to concerns that universiti­es are discrimina­ting against private school pupils.

About 72.5 per cent of the 36,000 undergradu­ates joining the university this term will come from state schools, up from 71.6 per cent last year.

Chris Mcgovern, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “The green light has been given to schools or youngsters that they can under-perform but still gain a place.”

Dr Sam Lucy, director of admissions for the Cambridge Colleges, said: “Every student who gets a place at Cambridge thoroughly deserves it.”

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