Action set to be taken to get pupils into top universities

Action set to be taken to get pupils into top universities

Nicola Hine

Action set to be taken to get pupils into top universities
Photo: Sir Cam/University of Cambridge

More young people from Maidenhead and Windsor should be going to top universities like Oxford and Cambridge, according to the Royal Borough.

It is set to take action to improve achievements at all education levels post-16, with a particular focus on getting pupils into Russell Group institutions.

The group comprises 24 leading universities including Oxbridge, Edinburgh and King's College London.

The aim was adopted as part of a report on the standards and quality of education in the borough's schools presented to cabinet on Thursday.

Council data shows on average one per cent of borough pupils go to Oxbridge and seven per cent to other Russell Group universities.

This compares to one and 11 per cent in Slough, two and 16 per cent in Buckinghamshire, and 1.4 and eight per cent in the South-east overall.

In relation to this the borough is also seeking to improve the percentage of pupils achieving grades AAB in facilitating A-levels such as English, maths and the sciences.

According to the cabinet report this stood at 7.2 per cent in the borough for 2012, compared to 7.4 per cent for state-funded schools in England as a whole.

In 2012 the percentage of borough pupils achieving two or more A-levels at A*-E stood at 69; well above the total of 61 per cent for state-funded schools in England.

As it stands 80 per cent of the borough's schools are rated either good or better by Ofsted.

But three secondaries - Cox Green School, Altwood CE School and Desborough College - have been identified by the council as 'causing concern'.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children's services, said: "My ambition is to get all of our schools to outstanding."

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