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3,000 state-school students miss out at leading universities

* Some 3,000 state-school students a year are missing out on a place at leading universities in England despite having the grades to get there, a new analysis of higher education entry figures revealed today.

The youngsters are not among the 30,000 students accepted by the 13 top universities despite gaining an A and 2 Bs at A-level, leaving the way open for ex-private school students with lower grades to study there.

The analysis for the Sutton Trust charity found that students from the private sector were as likely to go to a leading university as counterparts from state schools who achieved two grades higher at A-level.

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