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More state school pupils attending Cambridge University

29/05/2015 Kelly
More pupils from state schools were admitted to Cambridge University last year, according to new figures.

Last year saw record numbers of people applying to start undergraduate degrees at Cambridge, with 3,448 gaining entry out of a total of 16,752 applicants, BBC News reports.

The proportion of those from state schools increased from 61.4 per cent in 2013 to 62.2 per cent in 2014.

With only seven per cent of UK schoolchildren and 14 per cent of sixth-formers attending private schools, they are still overrepresented at Cambridge, where 37.8 per cent of successful applicants in 2014 were privately educated.

Director of admissions Mike Sewell said: "We are delighted to see another increase in the number of talented students applying to study at Cambridge." 

"We can assure all applicants that they have been assessed holistically as an individual. Those who have been successful have won their offers and acceptances on the basis of their academic achievements and by demonstrating their potential to excel at Cambridge."

One in five students competed for every Cambridge place, with 10,310 applications from students in the UK alone.

According to the figures, the vast majority (97.3 per cent) of successful applicants gained at least an A* and two A grades at A-level - up from 96.8 per cent in 2013.

The university's target is to admit between 61 per cent and 63 per cent of students from state schools - a figure agreed with the Office for Fair Access.

It has been conducting outreach programmes in schools, spending £4.5 million on 4,000 access events for pupils and teachers, including college and departmental open days, subject masterclasses, a residential summer school and a student shadowing scheme.

In addition, bursaries worth £6 million have been awarded to more than 2,000 students from low-income backgrounds.

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