Comprehensive Schools vs Private/ Grammar Schools for Oxbridge

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ComputerMaths97
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In a made up scenerio, would it be better to be evidently the best at a decent Comprehensive school or be at a Grammar school, get slightly better grades but not be near best in school? Mainly for Oxbridge I think is the more interesting topic, though I guess for elsewhere it's similar. Similarly, all this stuff like being on free school meals, does that help applications in the slightest?
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At the end of the day, both Oxford and Cambridge want the best applicant to succeed into their universities. So regardless of school, you need to do well academically to progress into Oxbridge, although they do take into account Socio-economic factors/Contextual data which does slightly influence their decision.
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In the eyes of Oxbridge:

10 A*s at GCSE and 5 A's at AS is more impressive at a comprehensive than a private school especially.

But, statistically you're more likely to get the 10 A*s and 5 A's at a private school, so you should weigh up the two if you're deciding.

A lot of Grammar schools require fees, such as Leeds Grammar (GSAL), but there's also admissions tests. So in essence it's a private school for intelligent children.

The Grammar school I'm at isn't fee paying and does better than GSAL, although only 3 or 4 people get into Oxbridge a year on average, compared to 16 at GSAL.
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(Original post by Exceptional)
In the eyes of Oxbridge:

10 A*s at GCSE and 5 A's at AS is more impressive at a comprehensive than a private school especially.

But, statistically you're more likely to get the 10 A*s and 5 A's at a private school, so you should weigh up the two if you're deciding.

A lot of Grammar schools require fees, such as Leeds Grammar (GSAL), but there's also admissions tests. So in essence it's a private school for intelligent children.

The Grammar school I'm at isn't fee paying and does better than GSAL, although only 3 or 4 people get into Oxbridge a year on average, compared to 16 at GSAL.
Yeah I guess that makes sense. Btw you don't need 5 AS Levels xD Nor 10 A*s at GCSE
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Yeah I guess that makes sense. Btw you don't need 5 AS Levels xD Nor 10 A*s at GCSE
Of course not, it was just an example
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Of course not, it was just an example
Cool just checking xD Just so people reading don't get confused or mislead. I remember when I first started thinking about aiming for Oxbridge, all the rumors about needing 20 A*s in year 9 and to do 4 A levels early xD
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