Ten private schools in Britain produce a tenth of the country’s elite.
From the Sutton Trust:
“Just ten prestigious private schools produced over ten per cent of the country’s professional elites, according to a new report published today by the Sutton Trust.
An Oxbridge education remains a must for a third of high-fliers in professions from the Diplomatic corps to the City and the Law, according to the study, the biggest ever to look into the educational backgrounds of the nation’s leading people.
The Trust has compiled information on the educational backgrounds of nearly 8,000 people who appeared in the birthday lists of national and Sunday newspapers during 2011.
The analysis shows that, although independent schools account for just 7% of all school places and independent boarding schools just 1% of places:
• Ten leading independent schools accounted for 12% of the leading people for which schools data was available. These are: Eton College; Winchester College; Charterhouse School; Rugby School; Westminster School; Marlborough College; Dulwich College; Harrow School; St Paul’s Boys’ School; Wellington College (see table 2 in main report for top 100 schools).
• Eton College alone produced 330 leading people – 4% of the nation’s elites.
• The top comprehensive schools– with six each on the list – are Haverstock School, (alma mater of the Miliband brothers) and Holland Park School (Hilary Benn). The top grammar school (though it is now comprehensive) is Watford Grammar School with 17 former pupils.
• 44% of leading people went to independent school, 27% to grammar school, 8% to a former direct grant school and 21% to comprehensives and other state schools.
• The professions most dominated at the top by independent school alumni are ‘public service’ (which includes royalty, lord-lieutenants, and others in national, public or local government organisations) 68%, followed by law at 63% and the armed services at 60%. The police are least dominated by independent schools with only 13% of leading police officers having an independent school background
• 31% of leading people went to Oxbridge and a further 20% attended another leading research university in the Sutton Trust 30, but 22% did not go to university
• The profession whose leading people were most dominated by Oxbridge graduates is the Diplomatic service at 62%, followed by the Law at 58%, the top civil service at 55%, education and literature at 48% and financial services or the City at 47%.
• The professions least dominated by Oxbridge graduates are pop music at 1%, sport at 8%, actors and actresses at 8%, the Police at 11% and the Armed Forces at 12%.
Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said today:
“This analysis shows how dominant leading universities and schools remain across the professions in Britain. That’s why it is so important that access to our leading schools and universities is on the basis of ability alone.”