An outstanding east London state school, Brampton Manor has overtaken Eton College and other top private schools in the fierce competition for Oxbridge offers.
Brampton Manor, an academy in Newham, announced yesterday that 55 of its pupils had received conditional offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge.
Brampton Manor said on Twitter: ‘Despite the Covid pandemic, a record number of students have shown resilience and determination to secure offers from two of the most prestigious universities in the world.’
The Newham school set up its sixth form in 2012 in the hope of getting more disadvantaged pupils into leading institutions.
The Academy is well known for its social media posts as well as its academic success. Around results day, social media is flooded with positive images of the students holding their results and smiling. They have tons of posts on Twitter. Each of the posts celebrates their grades, what subject they will be studying at university and where. The students often gain places at a number of prestigious UK institutions, from Oxford and Cambridge to Imperial, Bristol and Durham.
The school is based in East Ham and is headed up by executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi, who was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his services to education. Twice over, the school has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, achieving an outstanding in all areas both in 2015 and 2018.
From 2015 to this year, state school intake has gone up from 62.3 per cent to 70 per cent at Cambridge and from 55.6 per cent to 68.7 per cent at Oxford.
Meanwhile, Eton has been forced to defend its performance.
In a letter to disappointed parents, deputy head Tom Hawkins wrote: ‘Each year we see very strong Etonian applicants disappointed, and unfortunately there have been more boys in this position this year.’
Newham is one of the most deprived London boroughs with more than half of its children (52 per cent) deemed to be living in poverty, according to the charity Trust For London.