Completely agree with Sunday Bore. Top private schools (St Paul's, Westminster, Eton etc) get half their intake into Oxbridge year after year. The top grammars get about 10%.
This suggests a massive bias towards these schools. But it may also be a reflection of the fact that there's more to a good education than Gcse and A level results that require a narrow tick-box style of teaching. As I understand it, the top private schools teach well beyond the national curriculum and cover subjects in greater depth. League tables of this sort are very misleading and only encourage schools to stick to the very basics.
Sunday Bore wrote:
Quoting the Sunday Times today:
"Parents who want to maximise the chances of their children getting a university education at Oxford or Cambridge used to choose a top private school, fork out and hold their breath. But those lucky enough to have a child at Colyton in Devon, Kendrick in Reading or Queen Elizabeth’s in Barnet, north London, will wake up today to the news that all three have been rated above many of Britain’s most expensive private schools. "http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, ... 52,00.html
I think this is very misleading: Eton gets 46% of its leavers into Oxbridge whereas the rest barely manage 10%.