Oxfords admission problem is because state schools fail to push their brightest

Louise Richardson said independent schools were identifying the most academically gifted from low economic backgrounds, giving them scholarships and propelling them forward but that state schools were failing to do the same. Prof Richardson, who was appointed Oxford’s first-ever female vice-chancellor three years ago, expressed frustration over the “obsession” with Oxford and Cambridge and the relentless demands on them to correct the “huge inequities” in society. Oxford University’s low proportion of state school admissions is an indictment of the schools themselves for failing to push their brightest pupils, its vice-chancellor has suggested. “I really dislike this crude public-private dichotomy,”…

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