Letter: School bias

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School bias

Sir: Following your report (3 July) of the survey carried out by the Girls' Schools Association and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference into the university admissions process for our pupils, we would like to point out that the complaints of anti-independent school bias were a tiny element of the survey, and not the reason for this research.

The survey showed that, for the majority of students, the university admissions process worked very well. However, our pupils encountered some difficulties, including rejection, without interview, of good candidates; poor interviewing procedures, and delays in universities' responses to candidates who had applied in good time.

We are confident that these difficulties are experienced by all schools, not just those in the independent sector.


Chairman, Headmasters' and

Headmistresses' Conference



Girls' Schools Association