Why Independent
  • Figures published for the first time by Bristol University and the University of the West of England show that students recruited to university from independent schools are a third more likely to be in a top graduate position several years after finishing their degree course. Almost 65%  of privately-educated students who started university in 2006 went on to gain a first or upper-second class degree, against 52.7% of classmates from the state system. It also emerged that 60.4% of students from fee-paying schools gained a graduate job – a skilled career – compared with just 46.8% of other graduates.
  • These women were more likely to gain a good grade and move into a good career than men, it emerged. It also reveals that women performed better than men in all of the measures examined – gaining a degree, achieving at least a 2.1 and gaining a graduate position. 49% of female graduates had a good job compared with 46.4% of men.
  • In 2013, 78% of independent school pupils who applied to Russell Group universities obtained offers.
  • In 2013, 18% of independent school pupils study Physics and 27.5% study Modern Languages, as compared with 10% and 8.4%, respectively, of pupils at state schools.