19/10/2011 10:54 BST | Updated 19/12/2011 05:12 GMT

City Of London Private School Scholarship Scheme Aims To Mix London's Ethnic Groups

A new scholarship scheme is being launched to encourage more children from inner-city backgrounds to study at leading private schools, after a headteacher compared racial divisions in London to apartheid-era South Africa.

The first wave of the scholarship will provide two places at 11-plus and 13 places at the sixth form of the City of London school for boys, where fees are £4,350 a term.