Cambridge University pressured to take more state pupils

Cambridge university has been put under pressure last night to take more state pupils after it emerged that they do almost as well in exams as those from the fee-paying sector.

Sixth-formers from independent schools have a slight edge overall but perform less well in science, figures obtained by the Cambridge Student newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act suggest.

Exam data for the past five years show an average of 25 per cent go on to be awarded a first-class degree compared to the 24.5 per cent of undergraduates who had been to state comprehensives.

Cambridge pressured over state pupils (Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2008)