Ask a parent what is the most important thing to them and they will often say it is making sure their children get into a good school.
Some families are willing to up sticks and move to a different part of the country, while others are prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on fees.
One of the main questions they want answered is “Will sending my child to your school increase their chance of getting a place at Oxbridge?”
And, once their children are approaching the sixth form, the questions pivot to which Oxbridge college should they apply to, and which have a track record of making offers to students from particular schools.
But this particular set of data is rarely published by schools.
The Telegraph has obtained detailed information, following a series of freedom of information requests, from every Oxford and Cambridge college about the schools to which they have made the highest number of offers over the past three years. Use our interactive graphic here to explore the results. Search by college, then click on the result for full details.
Oxbridge schools – explore the colleges table
We asked each Oxbridge college to tell us the top 10 schools to which it has made the highest number of offers between 2018 and 2020.
In most cases, the same number of offers were made to multiple schools, meaning the list we obtained from each college was often longer than just 10.
Using our geographical search tool, you can enter your postcode and see which are the best schools in your areas for getting pupils into Oxbridge.
Then you can click on each school to view the colleges where they have sent the highest number of pupils over the past three years.
Oxbridge schools – postcode search
Grammar and state schools
The data reveal the success of a handful of grammar schools and highly selective state sixth-form colleges. Six colleges – three at Oxford and three at Cambridge – gave the highest number of places to pupils at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.
Loreto College, a state-funded Catholic sixth form in Manchester, got 11 offers from Mansfield College, Oxford, and five from Cambridge’s Magdalene College over three years.
But there are still a handful of private schools that dominate offers at particular colleges. Half of Oxford’s college handed out the most offers to pupils from just two elite public schools: the £44,000-a-year Eton College and Westminster School, where fees are £31,500-a-year for day pupils.
Of Oxford’s 32 colleges, nine made the highest number of offers to students from Eton and a further seven gave the most offers to those from Westminster.
Finally, use this graphic to explore which schools – both in the UK and overseas – have got the most Oxbridge offers over the past three years.
You can click on each school to get a breakdown of the colleges they have sent the most pupils to.
Oxbridge schools – top schools
- Compare with our 2020 data here
Tomorrow on Telegraph.co.uk we will publish a series of articles detailing the top 25 best private, state, grammar and international schools for getting your children into Oxbridge.