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“Millfield taught me to win,” declares London Olympic gold medallist shooter Peter Wilson (pictured below


and see page 5).


Like so many other prominent sportsmen and women, Peter’s talents were honed at an independent school. And while academic excellence will always remain the primary justification for investing in private education, sport comes a close second. Because sport matters. It teaches life lessons like no other discipline, lessons about winning, and losing, and individualism, and team work. Independent schools have always understood


this. Their facilities and coaching and focus are second to none. The results speak for themselves: a disproportionate 17% of Team GB 2012 were privately educated; an even more disproportionate 37.5% were medallists.


Just as the nation rejoiced at that amazing event, so should the private sector give itself a huge pat on the back. If sport is an analogy of life, independent schools have got it nailed. This supplement celebrates that life-affirming success story.


Enjoy. Dave Higgitt, Editor


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