Most ‘Oxbridge’ students are privately educated. One state school bucks this trend in a big way

(CNN)Elite UK universities Oxford and Cambridge are renowned for stringent admissions policies and student populations weighted in favor of private schools, but one state school has had remarkable success in bucking that trend.

Brampton Manor Academy has revealed that 41 of its students have received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge, collectively known as Oxbridge, the highest number since its sixth-form college (teaching students in the final two years of high school) opened in 2012.

“We were delighted when last year we sent 20 students to Oxbridge, having seen the number increase gradually from just one offer in 2014,” executive principal Dayo Olukoshi said in a press release. “For this to have more than doubled again is phenomenal.”



The school is in the London borough of Newham, one of the most deprived in the British capital.


Almost all of the students in question are from ethnic minority backgrounds, according to the press release. Half of them receive free school meals as part of a government program designed to assist disadvantaged families, and two-thirds will become the first in their family to study at university.


State schools in the UK are funded by taxpayer money, and would be called public schools in the United States.


Just 7% of British schoolchildren are educated at independent (a.k.a. private) schools. Yet they still score about 40% of the places on Oxford and Cambridge undergrad programs. These children are generally from wealthy families — private school fees run to tens of thousands of pounds per year — and are primed for an Oxbridge education.


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