State schools

FOUR state schools are in the top 10 for pupils receiving offers from Oxbridge – and all better than Eton

Four state schools feature in Oxbridge’s top 10 offerings – with the institution that is traditionally a favorite for prestigious universities, Eton State School, behind them in ninth place.

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge are increasingly snubbing the all-boys college, while the top-performing state schools have high pass rates.

Four high-performing public schools placed third, fourth, fifth, and seventh in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Eton College, one of the most expensive and prestigious schools in the world, which charges students £46,296 a year, has fallen from third to ninth place in the rankings.

Schools with the highest pass rates for applicants, revealed by analysis of The telegraph Oxbridge offers 2021, are listed here.

1. Westminster School – Independent School

London’s private school, Westminster, which often tops the rankings, again came out on top with a total of 79 offers received by students at the establishment at £32,247 a year.

The nearly 500-year-old school was established within the walls of Westminster Abbey and is for boys up to year six.

London’s private school, Westminster, which often tops the rankings, came out on top again

2. Raffles Junior College – International school, fee-paying

Singapore’s international school, Raffles Junior College, moved up two places in the rankings from last year, with a total of 77 offers.

Raffles was founded in 1823 and claims to be the oldest school in Singapore.

Singapore's international school, Raffles Junior College, moved up two places in the rankings from last year, with a total of 77 offers

Singapore’s international school, Raffles Junior College, moved up two places in the rankings from last year, with a total of 77 offers

3. Hills Road Sixth Form College – Public School

Hills Road Sixth Form College was the top performing state school, ranking third with 69 Oxbridge offers and a pass rate of 23%.

The college, located in Cambridge, is a selective state school which requires students to achieve a minimum grade of 6 in each of their GCSEs if they wish to study a subject, or 4 in certain circumstances.

He slipped back slightly in the 2020 rankings, where he came in second with 75 bids.

Hills Road Sixth Form College was the top performing public school, ranking third

Hills Road Sixth Form College was the top performing public school, ranking third

4. Peter Symonds College – Public School

Other state and sixth-best schools included Peter Symonds College, which placed fourth in the league – up from sixth place last year.

Located in Hampshire, coeducational Peter Symonds College students received an impressive 56 offers for Oxford and Cambridge, with a pass rate of 26.9%.

The college is free for day pupils but, as the largest college in the country to offer a boarding option, it charges between £15,990 and £17,220 a year for 79 pupils.

He attributes his success to a “brilliant mix of motivated students, dedicated staff and fantastic facilities”.

Peter Symonds College came fourth in the league - up from sixth place last year

Peter Symonds College came fourth in the league – up from sixth place last year

5. Brampton Manor Academy – Public School

In fifth place, Brampton Manor Academy is a selective sixth form in Newham, east London – one of the poorest boroughs in the country.

Brampton are set to climb even higher in the rankings next year after students received 89 outstanding offers from Oxbridge before taking their A Levels this year.

The school day at the academy begins at 8:15 a.m., with sixth form students encouraged to work in the study center from 6 a.m.

Since opening a decade ago, Brampton has seen more than 200 students head to Oxford and Cambridge – with the latest cohort taking that figure to nearly 300.

Brampton are set to climb even higher in the rankings next year after students received 89 outstanding offers from Oxbridge before taking their A Levels this year

6. Hwa Chong Institution – International school, chargeable

Hwa Chong Institution, originally established in 1919 for the Chinese community in Singapore, moved up one spot from a year ago with 53 offers and a rate of 26.8%.

It aims to produce “academics and world champions” who “realize their potential and live their aspirations”.

Hwa Chong Institution, originally established in 1919 for Singapore's Chinese community, moved up one spot from last year

Hwa Chong Institution, originally established in 1919 for Singapore’s Chinese community, moved up one spot from last year

7. Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College – State School

In seventh place, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) received a total of 52 Oxbridge offers.

School principal William Baldwin said after students received offers last year: ‘For a non-selective state-funded sixth-grade college to routinely receive more than 50 offers a year for that students study at Oxford or Cambridge is truly remarkable. ‘

In seventh place Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) received a total of 52 offers from Oxbridge

In seventh place Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) received a total of 52 offers from Oxbridge

8. Persia School – Independent School

A total of 48 offers were made to students at Persia School, Cambridge, which rose to eighth place from thirteenth last year.

Tuition at the upper school is £19,443 a year and takes boys and girls from three to 18 years old.

A total of 48 offers were made to students at The Perse School in Cambridge

A total of 48 offers were made to students at The Perse School in Cambridge

9. Eton College – Independent School

The Etonians received a total of 47 offers for Oxbridge in 2021, compared to 68 in 2020, and with a success rate of 24.2% of applications.

A total of 20 prime ministers have attended the exclusive boarding school, including Boris Johnson and David Cameron before continuing their studies at Oxford.

There has been a year-on-year decline in the number of offers received by pupils at the Independent School for Boys, located in Windsor.

Etonians received a total of 47 offers for Oxbridge in 2021, compared to 68 in 2020, and with a success rate of 24.2% of applications

Etonians received a total of 47 offers for Oxbridge in 2021, compared to 68 in 2020, and with a success rate of 24.2% of applications

10. St Paul Girls School – Independent School

St Paul’s Girls’ School completes the top ten with 46 offers and a 46.9% success rate for applicants.

The West London Select Independent charges an annual fee of £27,792 per annum and was the Sunday Times independent secondary school for 2022.

St Paul's Girls' School completed the top ten with 46 offers and a 46.9% success rate for applicants

St Paul’s Girls’ School completed the top ten with 46 offers and a 46.9% success rate for applicants