New figures reveal that the number of students from fee-paying schools has gone up while the proportion of candidates from comprehensive schools has dropped for the first time in five years.
There was a decline in state school entry at 16 out of 19 universities in the Russell Group, reversing the trend in admissions for the first time since Gordon Brown attacked Oxford’s “old school tie approach” over its rejection of comprehensive pupil Laura Spence.
The Government has set targets which mean three out of four students at the top institutions should come from state schools.
But the figures show Oxford took 53.8 per cent of its students from state schools or colleges in 2003-04, down from 55.4 per cent the previous year. (Gulf News)