New research confirms that independent schools do three times more sport than their state counterparts.
Independent schools do nearly 5.5 hours per week compared to less than two hours in the state sector.
State school involvement in sport has dropped sharply since 2010, strange when set against the supposed 2012 Olympic “legacy” and concerns about weight and fitness amongst children.
The Youth Sport Trust’s survey noted earlier this year that, “one in three children leaving primary school (are) obese or overweight, and less than one in five meeting the minimum recommended guidelines for physical activity.”
Proof of the growing population bombshell in London comes in news that one third of families did not get their first choice school when offers were made yesterday.
Demand for places rose by 5% from the previous year, that in turn rose an additional 4% from the year before that.
In some boroughs the figures were even worse – in Hammersmith and Fulham only 55% of families were offered a place in their first choice school.