Dulwich College turned down a half-a-million scholarship fund offer from a former pupil because it was exclusively for white boys from poor backgrounds.
Philanthropist Sir Bryan Thwaites, aged 96, wanted to leave the cash to his former school to help disadvantaged white pupils..
According to results data, white working class boys are now the worst performing in terms of academic attainment, with the lowest results of any ethnic group.
But the gift was rejected by the illustrious school’s head, Dr Joe Spence, who said although he was grateful to all donors, they were unable to accept gifts with ethnic or religious caveats.
He told another newspaper: “Bursaries are an engine of social mobility and they should be available to all who pass our entrance examinations, irrespective of their background.”
There are also fears the conditions would contravene equality laws. A similar offer to Winchester College was also declined on similar grounds.
The News understands the fund for Dulwich College was intended to be nearly half a million, and that Sir Bryan benefited from a scholarship during his time at the school.
Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the equality and human rights commission, said the decision smacked of a “lethal cocktail of intervened snobbery, racial victimhood and liberal guilt”, describing white boys as “today’s educational left-behinds”.