There are two colleges at Cambridge that have ties to my school to a certain extent: St. John's and Corpus Christi. The former because my school's founder went there and the latter because his father did -- this was in the 16th century.
My question is whether it has any relevance to your application whatsoever for a college to have ties with your school when applying for a place at Cambridge. Traditionally more people have gone to Cambridge (around 30 p.a. in recent years I believe) from my school than to Oxford, so I'd assume it does have some relevance, however this might just be because more students choose to apply to Cambridge. I have no statistics to go by.
Does anybody know if it has any effect on your application to apply to certain colleges that have traditionally accepted students from your school? Perhaps this has become less important in recent years. I'd appreciate any insightful comments.