Wednesday, 15th August 2012
Over a third of British Olympic Winners were privately educated
Source: Sutton Trust (UK)
Over one third (37%) of British medal winners in the 2012 London Olympics were educated at fee-paying schools, which educate just 7% of the school population, a study by the Sutton Trust reveals.
Over half (54%) of Olympic winning rowers meanwhile were privately educated – compared with just under a third (32%) coming from state comprehensive schools, with the remainder from grammars.
The research also finds that one in ten (10%) of British Olympic winners who attended a British university went to Oxford or Cambridge, and 60% attended a selective university.
The proportion of privately educated Olympic winners (37%) is similar to that for MPs (35%), but less than leading journalists (54%) or judges (70%) according to Sutton Trust studies.
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