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Bristol uni offers 1/3 of disadvantaged student spots to private school pupils


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The University of Bristol's scheme to offer more university places to students from disadvantaged backgrounds has seen a third of offers given to students attending private schools, according to Epigram.

When The National Student initially reported the scheme last year, the criteria determined for a student being 'disadvantaged' included students who had been in care, were the first in their family to go to university or were eligible for free school meals.

This doesn't automatically rule out students attending private schools, especially when considering students may be studying at private schools on scholarships. But it can be argued that students at private schools are on average more privileged than those attending state schools. 

Students who attend state schools are four times less likely to attend university than their privately-educated counterparts. Approximately 14% of sixth form students attend a private school.

The University of Bristol's State School Society has stated that they 'lament the decision to include private school students in the scheme' but acknowledge that it isn't in violation of the criteria initially set. 

Bristol has the third highest proportion of private school students in attendance, beaten only by Oxford and St Andrews. The scheme has so far made offers to 28 state school students in a bid to increase social mobility. 

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