Letter: Places scarce only at prestige universities

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Sir: Your second leading article of 19 August makes a compelling case for the excellent proposals of Professor Higginson's committee (1988). The Secretary of State at the time was all set to endorse the leaner, fitter, six-subject sixth-form course, but his leader, now semi-retired, was not in favour of change to the A-levels to which she owed her success at Oxford and beyond.

Many, if not most, students regret having to choose only three subjects beyond GCSE. Teachers at all levels have long recognised the benefits that would come from a broader sixth-form curriculum. The time is ripe.

Yours faithfully,



Ipswich School

Ipswich, Suffolk

19 August