ETON plummets to 109th in the national STEM rankings, according to recent results. Outshined by several state funded schools, the majority of which are grammars, there is an interesting addition of several free schools to the list which also scored higher than the private and exclusive college for boys.
The free schools in question seem to have something in common. They are linked to the local universities in the city where they are established. King's College London Mathematics School for example has been highlighted for its proficiency in STEM core subjects. Science, Technology, English, and Maths may be the subjects favoured by children at this institution.
What might be happening is that in comparison to other subjects, these core lessons are being favoured by pupils from particular backgrounds. Perhaps the boys at Eton are more interested in economics, politics, and sociology rather than STEM topics, so if a run of Bs in Technology line up to As and Bs from a technical school, it would look better for the public funded students. This ranking system only looks at STEM, which is considered the vital life-support for any school leaver to make it in the working world.
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