Letter: Wooing students

Sir: What your article "Class still a barrier to higher education" (report, 13 August) did not mention is the fact that schools themselves discourage students from ethnic minorities or living in the "wrong" postcode from choosing Oxbridge.

My son was recently told that his school in Orpington, Kent, won't support his application to Cambridge next year because "he is not of Cambridge calibre" although he is expecting four A grades. He is of Romanian origin and (apparently) his postcode and background are not the "right" ones.


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