They educate only seven per cent of pupils, but independent schools produce more teenagers with three A grade A-levels than all our comprehensives put together.
More than 10,000 pupils at fee-paying schools achieved three As last year. But among those at comprehensives, fewer than 7,500 achieved such good results.
Of those whose families are on benefits and low incomes, only 189 were awarded three As. By contrast, Eton College alone produced 175.
10 March 2009
The shameful state of education
Now its no exaggeration to say that I despise The Daily Mail and usually take anything printed in the paper with a truck load of salt. But these stark facts are an embarrassment to the government: