Medical schools allocate state school places
- By: Siân Knight
In an influential new scheme, the government is to reserve places at Guy's, King's and St Thomas's Medical School exclusively for the use of state school pupils from deprived areas. The move follows a recent report from the Sutton Trust, which criticised university access for comprehensive school students compared with that of independent schools.
From 2001, ringfenced places at the medical school will be paid for by the Higher Education Funding Council and will be offered to students who have come from educationally or socially disadvantaged backgrounds. It is unclear whether these offers will involve lowering the A level entrance grades traditionally needed to study medicine at the university.
Nick Jenkins, chair of the British Medical Association's Medical Students Committee, commented in response to the scheme, “We support this measure and we would like to see it introduced in more medical schools, but it will only work if backed up