37% of Team GB medallists were educated privately

More than a third of Team GB's medallists were educated at private school, figures have shown.

Among those who claimed gold in their sport, more than one in four attended fee-paying schools. This is despite the private sector educating just 7% of the school population.

The trust's figures show that 37% of Team GB medallists went to private school in Britain. Around 27.5% of gold medal winners were privately educated, it concludes. In total, 43 Team GB athletes won at least one gold in 29 events.

At the last Olympics one third of Team GB went to independent schools, nearly 40% of British medal winners and 50% of gold medallists.

They included multiple gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy, a product of George Watson's College in Edinburgh and Ben Ainslie, who went to Truro School in Cornwall. Many of the equestrian team that competed this summer went to fee-paying schools.

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