I despair at this topic, as it allows people to falsely believe the very comforting notion that a child, your child, will do better at university if he/she goes to the local comp.
this is not only not true, its a deeply disturbing bit of propaganda and spin. The sort of propaganda and spin that the political classes might fall back on rather than improve state education.
I repeat, your child will NOT
do better at university if they go to the local comprehensive.
A fact of life for a start is that they are less likely to win a spot in the first place.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/u ... ities.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 14206.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/s ... 76431.html
this one is interesting as it shows the difference in quality of careers advice and guidance
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/educ ... 92101.html
now, how do you square this with the 'conclusions' that state school pupils do better with the same grades. the problem with this analysis is, as we can see, that pupils of similar ability are not likely to be lined up with each other in comparison.
Because of the difference in quality of education, a B grade student will get a B at a state comp (and likely not a place at a russell group university); and very much more likely to get an A in a good independent and a place at the prestigious university. Where you are then comparing them with the much more able pupil, a true A/A* calibre intellect, who needed to be more able to get that same grade.
in short, an A* pupil from a state comp is likely to be much more able, that an independent school pupil who got an A*. Their education was a relative hindrance not a leg up. relatively speaking.
the other issue with this idea is that ignores sample size. because there are so many more pupils from independent schools, of mixed ability, than there are from state schools, you are effectively comparing a small number of the very best of the state system against a larger, more mixed cohort.
Instead of believing such nonsense about the narrowing gap between state and independents (its getting wider) people would be better off demanding improvements in the state sector. Improvements that don't need to be spun, to play on the insecurities of those not able to access a private education. demand more, accept less spin!
The other thing I would say is do not underestimate how keen independent schools are to offer large bursaries and scholarships to very bright pupils. they tend to have more money than can give away under these categories, particularly outside of london.
The ISC itself has often spoken of the difficulties of getting enough candidates for these scholarships, so if the child is very bright there is often a first class education waiting for them somewhere, ready and waiting on a platter.