OK, I go to a private school. For one, not everyone gets AAA grades, there are people in private education that do fail. Also, no matter what school you go to, if you are capable of getting AAA, you will do - extra tuition and smaller class sizes can only do so much. I know two people in my year, who got AAA in their AS Levels, but wont apply to Oxford or Cambridge simply because their courses are better elsewhere. I think too many people place emphasis on Oxbridge as the only places for elite students, not true. There are thousands of students who achieve top grades, but because of the limited number of courses on offer, dont apply to these Uni's but to other that are less "well known". With regard to the working class argument, in today's society and with the number of students attending Uni, it is not a class argument. Places are limited and I think it is wrong to assume because you attend a state school, your chances are limited. If anything, it is more to do with a student's ability than it is their social background.