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The ‘Perks’ of Eton: Why elite schools are filling Oxbridge

The ‘Perks’ of Eton: Why elite schools are filling Oxbridge

It appears that elite schools are tightening their grip more than ever on the undergraduate places at top establishments, from Oxford, Durham, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Five top schools are now sending more students to elite institutions than 1800 state schools combined across the country.

Boarding and day schools such as Westminster, Eton and St Pauls bagged 260 places in just one bout of applications.

These figures highlight the shocking divide between the privileged and the ‘normal’.

Research shows that wealthy families are dedicating more money than ever before in securing the best possible education for their children, ultimately paying for private, fee schools as they believe, and they know, that this will pay off in the long run.

Surely, the fact that parents are paying more because they know it will increase chances of success, is a major flaw in our society, education is slowly becoming only available, at least in the best possible form, for the wealthy.

Research has found that just 40 elite schools have provided around a quarter of all Oxbridge places!

The only state comprehensive that was seen to make the cut and get in applications was a school in Oxford, yet it can be argued that it’s geographical placing, being in an area where educational funding pours in, was a major help.

Where are the normal sixth forms, the ones in the midlands and north, and why are they not flourishing?

Tuition is being pulled farther and farther away from the reach of young adults wanting to get a good education, with these figures coming in light of fees for universities being tripled, from £3000 to £9000 per year.

It seems that despite ‘valiant efforts’ made by university campus, there is still a substantial divide at top establishments, with universities dominated by the rich and fortunate.

With children from wealthy families pulling further ahead, it appears that not just the poorest areas of our society will struggle for an education, but also the middling areas as well.

Mr Elliot Major has rather fittingly coined the event as a ‘mobility arms race’, one that unfortunately escalates each year, and shows no sign of lessening. Wealthy families are getting their claws in, because they know that they can, and once again, expectant students are suffering.

These figures come in light of their being racial issues at top universities, with Oxford and Cambridge letting in staggeringly low numbers of ethnic minority groups.

During summer, an image of black Oxford students standing outside their college went viral. The message was clear, it was one of hope, because they did it. Yet it was also one of concern, as there were clearly so few of them.

Further instances have occurred with black students being harassed online, with prospective students labelling them as ‘token’ for being accepted just to normalise the university applicants and acceptances.

In 2015, The University of Cambridge was accused of social apartheid when they were seen to admit no black students.

Over the five years between 2010-2015, only three of the 32 colleges at Oxford made an offer to Black students.

It seems that there is a never ending competition amongst top competing schools, universities and colleges, and the parents who pay for their children to get the best deal there is.

Oxbridge clearly harbours issues with submitting ethnic minority groups and prospective students from normal state schools.

If the people are paying for it, they expect the school to do their job in getting the pupil a place, yet is this simply paying for a place at university?

Are we seeing too many students being welcomed into top establishments because of the name of the institution stamped above their A Level grades?




Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.