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GREAT CLASS DIVIDE; Top five schools get more into Oxbridge than bottom 2,000.

Byline: MARK ELLIS

POSH pupils from just five private schools take more places at Oxford and Cambridge universities than Britain's bottom 2,000 state schools combined, research reveals today.

The report by the Sutton Trust also reveals that private school students are more than twice as likely to get into the top 30 universities than comprehensive pupils.

Elite schools charging as much as pounds 30,000 a year, such as Eton College where Prime Minister David Cameron was educated, and St Paul's where Chancellor George Osborne was taught, are in the five.

Eton, Westminster School, St Paul's School and St Paul's Girls School - all private - and Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge produced 946 Oxbridge entrants from 2007-09 - one in 20 of all the students.

Meanwhile, 2,000 other schools and colleges produced a total of 927 students.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "We know these stark inequalities are driven primarily by the exam results, yet the data also reveals that university chances can vary dramatically for schools with similar average grades."

The report also revealed inequalities between state pupils in different parts of the country, with pupils from Hammersmith in London 50 times more likely to get into Oxford or Cambridge as those from Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

The report blamed the differences on factors including parental backgrounds, curriculum and guidance.

But last night Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "We are tackling these inequalities by increasing the number of good schools and targeting funding at the poorest pupils."

TOP 10 STATE SCHOOLS by Oxbridge entrants over three years

The Latymer School, London 103

Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet 88

Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham 75

Colchester Royal Grammar School 72

Reading School 64

The Tiffin Girls' School, Kingston, Surrey 63

St Olave's Grammar School, Kent 61

Colyton Grammar School, Devon 45

Kendrick School, Reading 45

Henrietta Barnett School, London 45

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Date:Jul 8, 2011
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