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    Funnily enough my public school has been in several national fjnals and have produced dozens of rugby players and it matches the results of private schools. .

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    (Original post by xxxKINGxxx)
    Funnily enough my public school has been in several national fjnals and have produced dozens of rugby players and it matches the results of private schools. .

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    Can I just add that actually, whilst private schools are seen to achieve academically better results at GCSE/ A level, the students from state schools actually achieve more degrees in total and achieve better on the whole.

    I just thought I'd give an education statistic from sociology and the news a while ago!

    I too attended a state school. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but I have always desired private school life; most definitely not for the same reasons as whoever started this thread though!!!

    I think you are suffering from delusions, caused by media stereotypes.

    I am guessing you have seen, and based your views upon, st trinians and wild child???

    If not, I think you should re-evaluate your attitude to private school life.

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    (Original post by Oxford2013)
    I do sometimes wish I had gone to private school. I know it sounds horrible, but, to be brutally honest, I SOMETIMES feel annoyed to live around poor people, despite being a poor person. (coming from a poor family)
    I really feel for you. Have you considered wearing a facial mask and averting your gaze when brushing past those in poverty?
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    (Original post by XLauraLouX)
    Can I just add that actually, whilst private schools are seen to achieve academically better results at GCSE/ A level, the students from state schools actually achieve more degrees in total and achieve better on the whole.

    I just thought I'd give an education statistic from sociology and the news a while ago!

    I too attended a state school. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but I have always desired private school life; most definitely not for the same reasons as whoever started this thread though!!!

    I think you are suffering from delusions, caused by media stereotypes.

    I am guessing you have seen, and based your views upon, st trinians and wild child???

    If not, I think you should re-evaluate your attitude to private school life.

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    this makes me feel like **** cos i'm a state comper an i got nothing from uni! I hated it and i wish never to go back!
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    Noticed a couple of things on this thread, been an interesting read! I think in regards to Oxbridge, the reason a lot of people get hung up about private vs state schools is that about 40% of students at Oxford or Cambridge come from private schools, even though only about 10% of students are educated privately in the UK, which shows that you have a better chance if you were educated privately.

    I also agree with the fact that you only do as well as you want. Went to a school that has 48% A*-C incl. English and maths, put more work in than anyone else in my year and came out with 9A* and one A! Though a lot of people left by sixthform and those still here put more work in resulting in 33% of entries getting an A or B at AS!


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    (Original post by Paralove)
    Noticed a couple of things on this thread, been an interesting read! I think in regards to Oxbridge, the reason a lot of people get hung up about private vs state schools is that about 40% of students at Oxford or Cambridge come from private schools, even though only about 10% of students are educated privately in the UK, which shows that you have a better chance if you were educated privately.
    !


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    That's because around 36% of applicants are from private schools. So they do have a better chance, but it's quite small if you take into account the fact that state school students are more likely to apply for popular courses like Medicine, and less so with stuff like Classics which doesn't have as high an applicantlaces ratio.

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    (Original post by CurtisDean)
    There were three things about private/independent schools that made me fall in love:
    1) They have so much fun in their free time, they are away from parents, so they go to parties, got to festivals, and just enjoy their teen years together.
    2) Sport is such a big thing, which is what I LOVE! I love sports with a passion, and I am always keen to get involved. Especially rowing!
    3) You still get to visit home during holidays
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    (Original post by ladynova)
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    ^this!!


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    One thing private school students undoubtably get more help with is Oxbridge applications. I have friends that go to special coaching and receive interview practise at their private sixth forms, my state comp school doesn't offer this and I wouldn't be able to afford tuition. One friend has been helped by her teachers since year 10, being found relevant work experience etc

    While I realise that Oxbridge know not every student will have had the same opportunities, it does knock your confidence a bit and makes you feel woefully unprepared.

    I'm sorry this seems a bit moany! I would hate to go to a private school, but the one thing I covet is a little extra support
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    My boyfriend moved from his private school to our state grammar in sixth form and thought it was infinitely better. However, that particular school wasn't one of the top ones in the area, he always said it was just like being at a comprehensive with nicer grounds and everyone slightly wealthier. They had ridiculous problems with drugs; everyone could afford to be bringing weed and MDMA into school on a daily basis there...

    I suppose it's where you go though, the local public school is just how you described: really good sports facilities, loads of social time, they even have a nightclub which opens at weekends!
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    I really feel for you. Have you considered wearing a facial mask and averting your gaze when brushing past those in poverty?
    Are you just seeing what you want to see? I'm from a poor family myself. Besides, I hang out with other poor people, my GF is one of them, and once I do go to Oxford, I might even hang around poor people from time to time, to remember my roots. When I say I hate living amongst poor people, I mean, the usual poor people like chavs and pikeys. I happily look down on them, urgh. But, normal poor people like myself are fine.
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    (Original post by Oxford2013)
    Are you just seeing what you want to see? I'm from a poor family myself. Besides, I hang out with other poor people, my GF is one of them, and once I do go to Oxford, I might even hang around poor people from time to time, to remember my roots. When I say I hate living amongst poor people, I mean, the usual poor people like chavs and pikeys. I happily look down on them, urgh. But, normal poor people like myself are fine.
    This is a working class/underclass thing, right?
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    This is a working class/underclass thing, right?
    *sigh*

    I give up on you, I think you're trolling tbh.
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    (Original post by Oxford2013)
    *sigh*

    I give up on you, I think you're trolling tbh.
    :rofl:
    And you're not.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
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    And you're not.
    No, I'm not. I have better things to do with my time.

    I've seen you in my threads before, and several trolling posts, I suggest you learn to do better things with your time.
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    (Original post by xxxKINGxxx)
    Funnily enough my public school has been in several national fjnals and have produced dozens of rugby players and it matches the results of private schools. .

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    N.b. public school is a term that refers to boarding schools if you don't pay for school it's a maintained or state school. (I.e. Eton is officially a public school)


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    (Original post by Goods)
    N.b. public school is a term that refers to boarding schools if you don't pay for school it's a maintained or state school. (I.e. Eton is officially a public school)


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    Not quite, there are day schools that are public (eg. St Paul's), though the majority are boarding.

    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Not sure what you mean exactly, but if you are talking about 'unfair' advantages, I don't think that's true - people have to work just as hard to get into an Oxford college in my experience when they come via the fee-paying route - there are no guarantees and no special places reserved for private schools. Maybe teaching standards are higher in some cases, but you have to make the grades and do well at interview and in admission tests, your teachers can't do it for you.
    There must be some element of better preparation/education otherwise what are you paying for?

    Some state schools, mainly grammars and elite sixth form colleges like Greenhead, Hills Road, KE Stourbridge etc., but the majority offer nothing like the interview/entrance exam prep you'd get at a top public school. My cousin found out Oxford interviewed when she got the letter calling her for one, her school had no idea and thought it was just Med like elsehwere, and that was a pretty decent comp, somewhere underperforming you'd be even worse off.
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    (Original post by Oxford2013)
    No, I'm not. I have better things to do with my time.

    I've seen you in my threads before, and several trolling posts, I suggest you learn to do better things with your time.
    If you're not just taking the piss with your posts, then it's time to say that they suck. Maybe you should restrict yourself to Chat, as they are impossible to take seriously.

    We're still waiting to hear which college and course at Oxford has accepted you.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    If you're not just taking the piss with your posts, then it's time to say that they suck. Maybe you should restrict yourself to Chat, as they are impossible to take seriously.

    We're still waiting to hear which college and course at Oxford has accepted you.
    Sorry, but, I'm afraid you're going on my ignore list.
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    (Original post by roh)


    There must be some element of better preparation/education otherwise what are you paying for?

    Some state schools, mainly grammars and elite sixth form colleges like Greenhead, Hills Road, KE Stourbridge etc., but the majority offer nothing like the interview/entrance exam prep you'd get at a top public school. My cousin found out Oxford interviewed when she got the letter calling her for one, her school had no idea and thought it was just Med like elsehwere, and that was a pretty decent comp, somewhere underperforming you'd be even worse off.
    I'm no expert on public sector schools, but from friend's anecdotes, this kind of thing seems to vary a lot between state schools - I had friends in my college from state school backgrounds who had been helped, prodded and pushed in the direction of Oxbridge in every way, while I know of others who did it all pretty much on their own initiative.

    I don't know all the details, but I believe there is a tendency for both Oxbridge and Cambridge to target particular schools for outreach in the state sector, where they have previously sourced high rates of intake - this might lead to a number of schools being 'overlooked' and the teaching staff feeling uninterested? I assume a lot depends on the initiative of heads and teachers.
 
 
 
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