Sport 'not a priority' at many state schools

While we congratulate all our Olympic winners, this research shows that independent school students are more than five times over-represented amongst our medal winners relative to their proportion in the population - which is also the case at leading universities and in the professions more generally.

This comes as no surprise as children in independent schools benefit from ample time set aside for sport, excellent sporting facilities and highly qualified coaches, while in many state schools sport is not a priority, and sadly playing fields have been sold off.

– Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl