In this Olympic year it was troubling to hear the Secretary of State for Education tell the world that a disproportionate number of top sporting performers have attended independent schools. There is little doubt that he has a point. Less than 10% of young people attend independent schools and yet it seems that an increasing number of top sports people have been to fee paying institutions. This can't be right ?
Are those attending independent schools better at sport than the other 90% of the population ? No- of course not. The facilities at such schools are often better. All weather sports pitches, swimming pools, tennis courts, cricket pitches....... easy access to these must make a difference. Hiring coaches to support the work of P.E. staff presumably helps as well- and if parents can afford to fund this then potential sports stars must be given a leg up.
There are some things we can do little about but at Rushcliffe we have decent facilities, many very able sports people, capable teachers and a wealth of experience in the community. I'm pleased to say that Rushcliffe does produce many talented performers. The school has successful gymnasts, footballers, ice skaters, cyclists and tennis players. Much as been done to encourage people to develop their sporting talent whilst at Rushcliffe. In the spirit of giving everyone the chance to shine brightly I'm keen that we raise the profile of sport at Rushcliffe and do our bit to ensure that the state sector is not seen as the poor relation in this area.