State pupils snubbed by Magdalene

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The Oxford college that rejected Laura Spence made fewer offers to state school pupils this year than almost any others in the university, according to their first offers league table.

The Oxford college that rejected Laura Spence made fewer offers to state school pupils this year than almost any others in the university, according to their first offers league table.

Magdalen College, which was at the centre of a row about élitism in May, only offered 46.2 per cent of its places for 2000 to state-sector applicants. After being turned down, Ms Spence, from a North Tyneside state school, won a scholarship to Harvard - "scandalous".

The college came sixth from bottom of the table of 30 colleges; Oriel came last, with just 40.9 per cent. Harris Manchester, which only accepts students aged 25 and over, topped the table with 100 per cent but next came Mansfield, with 74.6 per cent and St John's on 69.9 per cent.

Anthony Smith, president of Magdalen, said the figures did not convey the fact that the college "exported" high quality state school applicants that it could not find room for to others in the university.

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