Universities And Proportion Of  Private School Students Published by HESA

Universities And Proportion Of Private School Students Published by HESA

By Gavin Mackintosh

Data recently released on by university data gurus HESA has revealed the Universities which comprise of the most privately educated students.

Unsurprisingly, the data shows that many of the best Universities in the UK have students that have been well groomed in Britain’s best private schools. The data shows a much lower percentage than would otherwise have been thought for some Universities, like Queen Mary, which has just 9.9% of its students with a private education, or Leeds, which has 19.9% of its students have received a private education.

State schools in the Uk are generally not as good as private schools for the simple reason that fee-paying schools have committed and well-paid teachers, fully dedicated to bringing the best out of their students. Also, the classes are much smaller in terms of having fewer students than states schools, allowing teachers to invest enough time in each student.

Students are also aware that their parents have forked out a lot of money to provide them a high-quality education. A spokesperson from HESA told theeyeofmedia.com that the findings are performance indicators, also used by employers sometimes in choosing their employees.

”research findings like these are useful performance indicators that inform on the mix of students in various universities. They give a rough idea of the caliber spread of students who have been privately educated, and attend these Universities.”

It doesn’t mean those who are not privately educated cannot be bright capable students, but it just shows the many number of students who have been educated in highly academic environments where absolutely brilliant and well-paid teachers teach. Rightly or wrongly, employers do often take these into account in their selection process”.


Students in private schools psychologically feel distinguished are more focused on making the most of their parent’s investment. They are also acutely cognisant of the advanced and rewarding level of education that goes with their high selection of secondary education. Classes generally have fewer students and commitment to high learning is stronger.

Most privately educated students appreciate their privilege, but there will always be a few bad apples among the bunch.


Surprisingly, the Royal Academy of Music tops the list, with more than half of its students(55.9%) being from private schools. The Academy is the only university to take less than half of its students from state schools.

Trailing closely behind the music academy Following is the Royal Agricultural University, (47.5%)and the Courtauld Institute of Art(45%) Oxford comes next with 42.3%, then Cambridge with (37.4%

Durham comes next with 37.1%, then imperial with 36.5%, then St.Andrews with 35.6% of its students coming from private schools. University College of London and LSE are close together with 32.4% for the University College of London( UCL) and 31.6% for the London School of Economics (LSE).

Oxford Brookes has 26.4% of its students from private schools and Kings College London have 24,4% of its students from private schools

Oxbridge are followed by Durham, with Imperial, (36.5%) and St Andrews,(35.1%)

One surprise for many people will be Manchester University. 17.2 percent of Manchester students went to private school. Leeds University has 19.65 of their students being private school students

A shock tie emerges, as York and Birmingham both have the same percentage of private school students at 15.9 percent.


”Students who attend Universities with a high number of privately educated students usually experience a very high level of university education experience, since a high percentage of those students usually have a high work ethic, and have attained a very high standard of learning even before their A levels, so enter University at a very strong level” .



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