Oxbridge and elitism

For poor children, lunch is a rushed butty. For the rich, it’s orchestra and standup | Laura McInerney | Education

There was justifiable outrage recently when the headteacher of £12,000-a-term Stowe School complained that “social engineering” meant Oxford and Cambridge universities were taking fewer kids from private schools. Schools are social engineering factories; it’s what they are supposed to do. They take children and batch-improve them so they are ready to join society as adults. And as we all know, it is state school pupils who usually battle against the well-oiled social engineering of the rich. A new example of…

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Calls for private school head’s sacking for ‘tasteless Holocaust analogy’ | Education

It was Stowe’s first headmaster, JF Roxburgh, who suggested the school should aspire to produce students who would prove “acceptable at a dance and invaluable at a shipwreck”. On Saturday, though, the current head expressed fears that these days, his charges were more likely to find themselves victims of social engineering, which he equated with antisemitism. In explosive comments about attempts by Oxbridge to raise admissions from state schools, Anthony Wallersteiner likened the treatment of private school pupils to the…

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Head likens criticism of private schools to antisemitic abuse | Education

The headteacher of a UK public school is under fire for likening criticism of the private education sector to antisemitic abuse. Anthony Wallersteiner, of the £12,000-a-term Stowe school in Buckinghamshire, also said a decline in the number of non-state school Oxbridge admissions had left some parents making claims about “social engineering”. He told the Times: “The rise of populists and polemicists has created a micro-industry in bashing private schools.” Wallersteiner, who is of Jewish descent, said: “Some of the criticisms…

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‘This is not a fluke’: how one state school got 41 Oxbridge offers | Education

“Cambridge was always my dream,” says 17-year-old Hridita Rahman Khan, one of 41 students at Brampton Manor academy in east London to have won offers from Oxbridge this week. Khan’s parents are from Bangladesh, she grew up in Italy and arrived in London at the age of 14 with little English. Three years later she has been offered a place to study engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her story is one of extraordinary achievement, but there are many at…

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