I am currently working in an independent school, love it and want to move up the career ladder. However, when looking at staff lists in different independent schools, I've noticed that many teachers, particularly in my subject (English), and the majority of headteachers, have been Oxbridge-educated. I've also heard (anecdotally) that not having a qualification from Oxbridge can hold you back from the top jobs; one example I heard was of a governing board receiving so many headteacher applications that they simply threw out any from candidates who weren't Oxbridge-educated. I went to a Russell Group university and don't feel that my subject knowledge is particularly lacking - I work hard to address the gaps I have. I do feel inferior, however, that I don't have the 'Oxbridge badge' on my CV. I've considered doing a Masters / PhD in the future (for my own interest - not solely career-motivated) - maybe an independent school would appreciate this more than I realise? Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this or feels the same.