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    (Original post by fumblewomble)
    Cambridge's system is much more nuanced than the kind of school you go to (state/private). There are excellent state schools and not so good private schools. Cambridge look instead at the performance of each individual school which tells them how the applicant compares to their peers. Getting straight A's in a low achieving school is much harder than getting straight A's in a high achieving school.

    Look at the staff admissions handbook and read Appendix C on GCSE scoring. You'll see that first of all GCSE scores are converted into a numberical value. The value is then adjusted to reflect the school's attainment level

    This way you can compare someone from a really good school to someone at a really bad school.

    Someone who got 12 A*s at a very good school (with no score adjustment needed) is considered to be the same as someone who got 3 A*'s and 6 A's at one of the worst schools (with a 5.5 adjustment needed).

    I had no idea about this.

    Where can I find out what the 'school score' means?

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