Inner City State School Outperforms Eton With 55 Oxbridge Offers | TOTUM
Ben HaywardAugust 10th
2021

An inner city state school in London has outperformed Eton in its Oxbridge targets, following a record-breaking A-level results day.

55 students from Brampton Manor Academy in Newham attained the grades they needed to confirm their places at Oxbridge - seven more than the £14,000 per term public school, that the current Prime Minister attended. 

Students at Eton received 48 Oxbridge offers this year, a drop from 69 the previous year, reports LBC

Director of Brampton’s sixth form, Sam Dobin, said he was ‘delighted’ that so many of their students were set to study at Oxford or Cambridge University.

In total, 350 students took their A-levels at the east London school this year, with an amazing 330 getting offers from Russell Group universities, with the majority of pupils at the inner city school coming from ethnic minority backgrounds, receiving free school meals, or being the first in their family to go to university.

18-year-old Susan Hope, from Dagenham, will be studying education at Cambridge with the aim of a career in child psychology. She said: “I did not want to apply (to Cambridge) because of the fear of me getting rejected, but coming here made me think 'If they can do it, then why can't I?'

“Coming from this area you do not see that many people going to university at all, but if you take that chance and work hard, you can achieve anything - that is what Brampton teaches us.

“I came here expecting to have to work hard, and I think that is just the work ethic the school instils in us.

“We are all willing to work for it and we are in a support system that just nudges us a bit further to achieve those dreams that we are all pretty much capable of.”

Another student, Ade Olugboji, 18, from Essex, got four A*s and intends to study maths and philosophy at Oxford.

“Brampton has a philosophy of hard work,” he said. “I started at 6am and left at 6pm.

“I knew there was going to be work but I did not understand the level until I got here. The thing is once I saw everyone else working so hard and so well, it did not seem that it (success) was impossible.”

Brampton Manor first opened its sixth form in 2012, hoping to improve progression rates to Oxford, Cambridge and other elite Russell Group universities for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In 2014, just a single Brampton student received an offer for Oxbridge, however by 2020 that number had risen to an impressive 51.

Now oversubscribed due to its burgeoning reputation, the selective sixth form accepts 300 to 400 students a year, with some travelling for as long as two hours each way to attend.

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