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When deciding which private school to send your child to, parents can often feel overwhelmed with information. 

Schools will boast about their strong academic track record and glittering suite of grades that their pupils achieve. But often the question parents most want to know is: “Will sending my child to your school increase their chance of getting a place at Oxbridge?”

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. 

According to our data, the private school with the highest number of offers from Oxbridge was the £41,600-a-year Westminster School, followed by the £42,500-a-year Eton College. 

St Paul’s School in London as well as its sister school, St Paul’s Girls’ School feature in the top 20 private schools, as do Winchester College, Sevenoaks School and Manchester Grammar School. 

Read the full list here:

Oxbridge schools – top 20 private schools

Here we have profiled some of the country’s best fee-paying schools for getting a place at Oxbridge. 

Westminster

With annual boarding fees of £41,600, Westminster School has a reputation for academic achievement – not least because it sends between 70 and 80 pupils to Oxford or Cambridge each year. 

One of Britain’s oldest and top-performing schools, Westminster was founded in 1560 and is located beside Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It accepts day and boarding pupils aged 13-18, and is all boys until the sixth form, when girls are able to join. It also has a prep school for boys aged seven to 13.

Westminster Alumni include the philosopher John Locke, the author A A Milne and the former deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg. 

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Eton

Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, the prestigious boarding school is well-known for its success in educating Prime Ministers and royals alike. The school’s list of notable alumni is seemingly endless, and includes the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, and writers such as George Orwell, Ian Fleming, and Aldous Huxley. Twenty British Prime Ministers were educated at Eton, of whom all but one went on to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

The £42,500-a-year school is for boys aged 13-18, and students wear a distinctive traditional uniform that includes a black tailcoat and white bow tie. Eton has offered its free self-study EtonX courses to secondary school age children throughout the pandemic, and provides a number of means-tested bursaries.

Manchester Grammar

Founded in 1515 by Hugh Oldham, who went on to become the Bishop of Exeter, Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is an independent day school for boys aged 7-18.  

Located in Fallowfield, Manchester, the school was originally created as a free grammar school and now charges tuition fees of £13,380 a year. The school’s facilities include a swimming pool and gym, and it offers a number of means-tested bursaries. 

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Sevenoaks 

Located in the Kent countryside, the co-educational school offers a mix of day and boarding places for students aged 11-18. The school was established in the fifteenth century by William Sevenoke, and today boasts a 100-acre campus. 

The school, where all students take the International Baccalaureate (IB) rather than A-levels, charges £38,790 per year for boarders and £24,291 for day pupils.

“Our 465 strong sixth form cohort all study the International Baccalaureate, recognised globally as an excellent preparation for university study,” Jesse Elzinga, the school’s headmaster told The Telegraph. 

“The International Baccalaureate, with its breadth and depth, helps our students to become well rounded, globally-minded, critical thinkers who are ready to thrive in an ever more complex world."

Mr Elzinga said that Oxbridge is a popular choice for Sevenoaks students, as is overseas study, with 51 current Year 13 students holding offers from top US universities.