State six form vs Private six form

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Hi there, I was just wondering if state schools have a disadvantages compared to private schools when students apply to top unis : Cambridge, oxford, ucl , imperial etc.. Thank you very much!
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Hi there, I was just wondering if state schools have a disadvantages compared to private schools when students apply to top unis : Cambridge, oxford, ucl , imperial etc.. Thank you very much!
No, not good state schools. Oxbridge is trying to increase state school student access ....
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Generally no they don’t, however you may find if the state school is not used to getting students into the top unis then they will lack experience and so won’t be able to give as much advice. I’m at a grammar school (which is still state) and has an exceptional reputation for getting students into the top unis- in my year group (200 of us) there’s 25 medicine offers (around 30 applied) and 11 oxbridge offers not to mention the numerous top uni offers from places like UCL, imperial etc. The difference is more significant between good and bad state schools than good state and private schools if that makes sense!
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Based on what I've experienced, no. Many private school kids will actually go to a state sixth form in order to look better for top unis who are trying to increase state school acceptance rates so they look inclusive and diverse, and this is a bit of a trend among "good" state schools. Around 1/4 of my state school's sixth formers are from a private school background. So if the state school is known to have good results and teaching, you still have a good chance of getting into the top unis.
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There is no prejudice either way - Universities want bright students, they don't actually care what type of school you go to.

At UCAS Fairs and Open Days I must have been asked a thousand times 'does your University prefer state schools students', 'you must pick independent school applicants first' etc etc, and the answer is always the same - Uni have access schemes for those from lower achieving schools to encourage them to apply, but we do not prefer them, and we give all applicants equal consideration.
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Hi there, I was just wondering if state schools have a disadvantages compared to private schools when students apply to top unis : Cambridge, oxford, ucl , imperial etc.. Thank you very much!
Depends what you are asking.

If you're asking: do top unis give some kind of advantage to private schooled students - no. In fact the direct opposite - for example Oxford adjusts GCSE scores to the average of the school you took them at, so you might get a slight advantage for being from a poorly performing school.

If you're asking: do private schooled students get advantages in life that may benefit them when they apply to uni? Yes of course. Their school has more resources, less disrupted classes, often smaller classes. They get higher GCSE and A-level results on average, and often (not always) are a lot more experienced in uni admissions, particularly when it comes to specialist things like Oxbridge or medicine (although any kind of school is capable of offering terrible advice about both).

Obviously, private schooled students are greatly overrepresented at all top unis, in part due to the above.
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