The UK’s independent schools lead the world in showing how physical activity can be harnessed for its educational worth and personal development values.
As HRH The Princess Royal writes in the foreword, this collection of essays seeks to help independent schools to review their current practice, question its purpose and assess the outcomes, so enabling governors, heads and senior managers to examine their schools’ contribution to the nation and ask what improvements can be made.

Contributors include Olympic medallists Jonathan Edwards and Roger Black; Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward; Baroness Campbell, chair of UK Sport; multi-gold medal-winning Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson; and serving heads and directors of sport in 10 UK independent schools. Featuring illustrations by Anna Tozer.

Click here to view an additional essay that examines the contribution of current and former pupils of independent schools who competed as members of Team GB at the London Olympic Games of 2012.

Click here for an additional chapter, written in January 2017, examining the schooling of all members of Team GB for the summer Olympic Games of 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, and comparing the contribution of its privately educated and state educated members in terms of performance in competition and medals won.

Click here to view a table of names of current and former pupils of independent schools who have represented their country at full senior international level at any sport in the period 2000 to 2013. It was published in Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools.
This table will be kept up to date until the end of 2013. Schools, governing bodies of sport, and individual sportsmen and sportswomen who wish provide additional information or to correct errors should write to the editor at
Additions and corrections to those published in the book are shown in green.