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Dr Geoff Parks - Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges
Research date: 
Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

This study - Academic Performance of Undergraduate Students at Cambridge by School/College Background - examined the distributions of results obtained in final examinations at the University of Cambridge by students who had attended UK independent, grammar and comprehensive schools, as well as other maintained sector institutions. The research found that students from different UK educational backgrounds did equally well at Cambridge. More specifically, the research found no statistically significant differences in performance by school type, and there was no evidence of the phenomenon observed at other UK universities of state sector students out-performing their privately educated peers.

Please note: This research has been placed into our Research Archive because it relies upon data from some time ago (2005-10).

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