High school students must not be discriminated against, say MPs in Oxbridge

He added: ‘I would like to remind Professor Toope that secondary school pupils come from a very wide income range and simply equate secondary schools with independent schools, where the vast majority of parents pay over £100,000 for education. Raising a single child is like comparing apples to pears.

“Similarly, there are comprehensive schools in some areas with more fluent inputs than grammars, which highlights the difficulty inherent in the kind of approach the Vice-Chancellor seems to be referring to.”

Robert McCartney QC, chairman of the National Grammar Schools Association, said: ‘Instead of looking at results and acting on them, universities are now introducing political and social engineering, which is not working. This is obviously discrimination.

“To take as a criterion for denying someone entry to a university that they have had a better education than others is rude. It is a kind of work on the nonsense of enlightenment, equality and diversity that has been going on for 10 to 15 years.

Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee, said: ‘As far as I’m concerned, grammar schools are public schools too. So I don’t know why they made that distinction.

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