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Britain’s brightest state-school kids are missing out on university despite catching up with private pupils

COMPS ARE UNI LOSERS

Teens at fee-paying schools are three times more likely to get a place – according to new research

BRITAIN’S brightest comprehensive kids are missing out on university despite catching up private pupils at A-level.

Teenagers at fee-paying schools are three times more likely to get a place.

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Teenagers at fee-paying schools are three times more likely to get a place at university despite comprehensive kids catching them up

Yet the average improvement by pupils at the 50 top performing comps from GCSE to A-level was higher than at the 50 best independent schools, a study by the Policy Exchange think-tank revealed yesterday.

Eight per cent fewer state- educated children make it to uni than in 2012 as grammar school kids snap up the places, separate figures showed.

It comes as 300,000 pupils await their A-level results, which are due on Thursday.

Private school heads argue that their pupils show less striking improvement at A-level because their GCSE results are already so high.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the government had made no headway in its pledge to get more state-educated kids into university.

She added: “Meanwhile, access rates for the more affluent pupils in private and grammar schools are rising.”

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