Figures from the Department for Education show which schools in East Devon have the highest number of admissions to top universities.

The data shows the proportion of students from each school who left in 2020 and went on to study at Oxford, Cambridge or one of the other Russell Group universities.

The Russell Group comprises 24 universities which are committed to world-class research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with local and national business and the public sector. They include Exeter University as well as Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Durham and Imperial College London.

Nationally, in 2020, just one per cent of students went on to Oxford or Cambridge, while 18 per cent gained admission to a Russell Group university.

In East Devon the highly-rated Colyton Grammar School came top, with 67 per cent of students going to a Russell Group university in 2020, and 11 per cent getting into Oxford or Cambridge.

The King’s School in Ottery St Mary also did much better than the national average, with 34 per cent going to Russell Group universities and 2 per cent to Oxbridge.

Just across the border in Lyme Regis, the Woodroffe School achieved 29 per cent Russell Group and 5 per cent Oxbridge.

At Exmouth Community College 20 per cent of leavers in 2020 went on to Russell Group universities and one per cent to Oxbridge.

Both Sidmouth College and Honiton Community College had 13 per cent Russell Group and zero Oxbridge admissions.

Exeter College, which many East Devon-based students attend, scored 16 per cent for Russell Group admissions, and hit the national average of 1 per cent for Oxbridge.