PRIVATE school pupils are taking thousands of top university places off their state-educated rivals every year, research showed today.
Comprehensive school leavers who get three As at A-level are almost twice as likely not to take up their rightful place at one of Britain's 13 best universities, according to a report by influential charity the Sutton Trust.
Privately-educated people can get places at one of the elite institutions with two grades lower than those who went through the state sector, it warned.
Private schools have claimed that some universities - famously Bristol, which they boycotted for a time - discriminated against their pupils in favour of those from comprehensives with worse grades.
But Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said his research showed the opposite was the case.