Private schools twice as likely to take maths, physics and chemistry than state schools

The Guardian today reported on the sharp contrast between private schools and comprehensives with those studying at private and grammar schools being twice as likely to take maths, physics and chemistry A-levels than their state school peers.

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, obtained data through parliamentary questions on the A-level subjects pupils take at private and comprehensive schools in England.

The report states that twice the number of pupils at private schools take three A-levels that are looked upon particularly favourably by the the Russell Group, a lobbying group for Oxford, Cambridge and 18 other leading universities who recently issued guidance which acknowledged officially for the first time that they favour students who study traditional subjects at A-level.

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