Cambridge University now has fewer privately educated students than universities such as Bristol, Durham and St Andrews, entry figures reveal. Cambridge has only the ninth most privately educated intake, the Higher Education Statistics Agency figures show.
Among mainstream universities, Oxford has the fewest state school pupils.
The figures show the overall proportion of state school pupils entering UK universities has reached a record high.
Dr Sam Lucy, Cambridge’s director of admissions, said her university was a “diverse place and nothing like the rumours or typical media stories”. “Myths persist, but staff and students are breaking through them,” said Dr Lucy. She said the proportion of state sector entrants at Cambridge had risen from 54% to about 62% in a decade. Read more