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15% of secondary school pupils in the UK are eligible for Free School Meals, but these students make up only 2% of the intake at England's 25 most selective universities.
Source: Sutton Trust (2010)
This is in large part an issue of attainment: less affluent students are less likely to attain the grades needed to apply to a selective university. For instance, pupils eligible for Free School Meals are almost half as likely to achieve five or more A*-C grades at GCSE as those who are not eligible.
Source: DfE (2012)
What's more, even high-achieving students from less affluent backgrounds are less likely to apply to selective universities - and if they do apply they are less likely to be accepted than their more affluent peers.
We match high-flying graduates with motivated students for weekly academic tutorials. These sessions help our students achieve better grades and progress to top universities.Find out more
A dedicated member of The Access Project staff is based in school to deliver university support and after-school clubs, which equip students with the skills and information they need to win places at top universities.Find out more