I am in my first year at Oxford, having come from a state comprehensive background and have found the social atmosphere to be just the same as at any other university. I was close to not applying to Oxford due to believing such attitudes.
I am now spending the Easter vacation touring state schools to give students a true insight, as are many other undergraduates. I just hope these efforts won't be in vain due to the attitudes of some teachers.
If anything, the interview procedure puts state-school pupils at an advantage as it allows tutors to spot potential rather than merely predicted performance at A-level. Everyone is given a fair chance.
Alexander Ganotis Corpus Christi College Oxford