Thu 12 May 2011, The Independent

Chalk Talk: Surprise, surprise - it's state-school pupils who are the real stars

By Richard Garner
Oh ye of little faith! When Cambridge University announced last year it was to become one of the first in the country to insist on at least one A* grade at A-level from candidates for places, there was a chorus of disapproval. It was a typically elitist move from an elite university, which would benefit pupils in independent schools – where their teachers would be more likely to drill and push them into getting A*s.
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