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Best state schools in UK for getting kids into Oxford and Cambridge named

The best state school in the country for getting kids into Oxbridge has been revealed in new stats.

Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet, located in one of the poshest parts of north London, secured the top spot – with two out of every seven pupils (28.2 percent) making it to the prestigious universities.

Another London school took the second spot, with 25 percent of pupils getting into Oxford or Cambridge at the end of the 2019/20 academic year from King’s College London Maths School, according to the newly released data from the Department for Education.

However, some areas of the country land at the other end of the scale, with three “Oxbridge deserts” in the country, with no students entering the top schools.

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Top state schools in the country to get into Oxbridge

Third of the list was Brampton Manor Academy in Newham with 18.2 percent of the 2019/20 cohort (53 in total).

That was followed by Exeter Mathematics School with 18 percent (11 pupils in total), The Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston upon Thames with 16.8 percent (27 pupils), and Chelmsford County High School for Girls in Essex with 16.7 percent (19 pupils).

And as for the highest number, Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridgeshire takes the top spot of any school or college in England with 59 in total.

This was followed by Brampton Manor Academy in London with 53, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College with 50, and Peter Symonds College in Hampshire with 43.

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The best areas for getting into Oxbridge

However, if you’re looking at the best area for getting into Oxbridge, Hertfordshire is your best bet.

The region saw 137 students make it to Oxbridge, a higher number than any other local authority in England.

Kent wasn’t far behind with 136 students, followed by Barnet with 125, Hampshire with 117, Newham with 113, and Buckinghamshire with 110.

Reading was the best performer relative to its size, meanwhile, with 6.1 percent of 2019/20 school leavers making it to Oxbridge.

Newham had the next best ratio at 4.2 percent, followed by Barnet at 3.6 percent and Sutton at 3.3 percent.

There is however a clear North/South divide.

Pupils in the South were almost twice as likely as those in the North to go to Oxbridge.

A total of 1.3 percent of pupils in the South made it to Oxbridge, compared to 0.7 percent in the North and 0.8 percent in the Midlands.

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The worst areas for getting into Oxbridge

Of 1,332 students who finished A-levels or other level 3 qualifications at state-funded secondary schools and colleges in Salford that year, none made it to Oxbridge.

This makes Salford by far the largest of only three local authorities where none of its 2019/20 cohort made it to the country’s two most prestigious universities.

The others are Hartlepool and Knowsley, but they only had 372 and 32 students respectively studying A-levels or equivalent at state funded secondary schools and colleges.

Meanwhile, Thurrock sent just one student to Oxbridge.

Sandwell, Blackburn with Darwen, Southampton, Portsmouth, Stockton-on-Tees, and Redcar and Cleveland sent two each, North Lincolnshire and Halton sent three each, and Barnsley, Rochdale, North East Lincolnshire, South Tyneside, Merton, and Rutland sent four each.

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