ISC statement on Oxford University's plans to widen access to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds

Posted on: 21 May 2019
Posted by: Barnaby Lenon

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, responds to the University of Oxford's proposal to boost student numbers from under-represented backgrounds.

“We welcome Oxford University’s proposals. Contextual admissions are a good thing when applied well. It is important to acknowledge, however, that school type itself is not an indicator of socio-economic advantage or background.

“Independent schools have been engaged for some years with low-participation groups. ISC schools actively support state school Oxbridge applicants through entry tuition partnership projects and our schools are responsible for having set-up some highly successful state schools in terms of Oxbridge success, including the London Academy of Excellence and Harris Westminster.”