Brampton Manor Academy, based in Newham, had 55 students who met offer grades securing more Oxbridge places for its students than Eton College for the first time.
The Year 13 students accepted places at Oxford or Cambridge this spring, the school confirmed in March, as Oxford and Cambridge seek to increase their state school intake.
The renowned boarding school Eton College, whose previous students include the likes of Prince William and Prince Harry, had only 48 Oxbridge offers made to its Year 13 pupils this year.
Famous writers George Orwell and Ian Fleming are also part of the alumni for the Windsor-based school where 1,300 students study and where fees cost £42,500-a-year.
On social media, the London-based academy shared the news and praised its students for their achievements by saying: “Well done to you all. We are very proud of you.”
Brampton Manor Academy refers to itself as having an “unrivalled progression rate to the elite Russell Group universities” and boasts one of the top-performing sixth form colleges in the country.
The school has 300 places up for grabs each year, for which they receive an estimated 3,000 applications. The spaces are so in demand that some students are willing to travel for more than two hours in order to attend.
Dr Dayo Olukosh, the headmaster of the academy, told The Telegraph: “There is a strong culture of high expectation that runs through everything we do here, right from the cleaners to myself.”
Further places may have been made through the adjustment process, but at present it is not known how many Eton pupils made the grades to accept their places.
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There was a record-breaking increase in grades awarded by independent schools and centres outside the state sector.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that grade inflation was justified, though. UCAS, the university admissions service figures show that in total, 435,430 students have had places confirmed on an undergraduate course in the UK, up five percent on the same point last year.
During the pandemic, most schools relied on students conducting independent learning, as teachers were unable to deliver as much hands-on support via online teaching compared to in a traditional classroom environment.
Many students across the UK expressed concerns that their cohort’s exam results wouldn’t be “taken as seriously as the years that had the traditional exams” as adjustments were made due to the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on schools.