Parents are using Freedom of Information requests for answers over Oxford and ...

Middle class parents are using Freedom of Information requests to demand answers over why their children have been rejected by Oxford and Cambridge  Parents are requesting detailed feedback on Oxford and Cambridge rejections  They are using Freedom of Information Act requests to find reasons for rejection  Headteachers suggested diversity efforts have made wealthy parents anxious

By Sami Quadri For The Daily Mail

Published: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019 | Updated: 02:00 GMT, 16 March 2019

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Middle class parents whose offspring have been rejected by Oxford and Cambridge universities have used Freedom of Information Act requests to find out why the reasons for their child’s failure, it has been claimed.

Pushy middle-class mothers and fathers are requesting detailed feedback on their sons’ and daughters’ exam performance, interviews and the reasons an offer wasn’t made.

A source close to Cambridge admissions told the Times: ‘Freedom of information has given them (parents) another weapon to find out why an offer wasn’t made, and more are using it to access information.

Pushy middle-class mothers and fathers are requesting detailed feedback on their sons’ and daughters’ exam performance, interviews and the reasons an offer wasn’t made [File photo]

Pushy middle-class mothers and fathers are requesting detailed feedback on their sons’ and daughters’ exam performance, interviews and the reasons an offer wasn’t made [File photo]

‘There are only a fixed number of places on offer and competition has become more fierce as numbers applying have gone up.’ 

The claims were made as Oxford and Cambridge Universities face growing pressure to let in greater numbers of students from diverse backgrounds.

Private school head teachers have suggested that the desire to recruit a wider pool of students has made wealthy parents anxious.

One leading head told the newspaper: ‘People are becoming more aware of universities using ‘contextual data’ and this is leading to the perception that some students are starting to be ‘reverse discriminated’ against.

The claims were made as Oxford and Cambridge Universities face growing pressure to let in greater numbers of students from diverse backgrounds. Oxford University's Merton College is pictured above [File photo]

The claims were made as Oxford and Cambridge Universities face growing pressure to let in greater numbers of students from diverse backgrounds. Oxford University's Merton College is pictured

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