Well Done at Rio – GSA’s Magnificent Seven

Well done to the magnificent seven Rio Olympic medallists – two Gold, four Silver and one Bronze – who started out in a Girls’ Schools Association school. A tremendous achievement.

Special mention has to go to gymnast Amy Tinkler who won Bronze in the Women’s Floor just weeks after sitting her GCSEs. Sixteen year old Amy attends GSA member school, Durham High School for Girls.

In all, 13 former and current students of Girls’ Schools Association schools represented Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Here are the final results and medal counts.


Alex Danson, Hockey former pupil at Farnborough Hill

Hannah Mills, 470 (Dinghy) former pupil at Howell’s, Llandaff



Fiona Bigwood, Equestrian Team Dressage former pupil at Croydon High School (GDST)

Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Rowing Coxed Eight former pupil at Queen Anne’s, Caversham

Katie Greves, Rowing Coxed Eight former pupil at Headington School

Zoe de Toledo, Rowing Coxed Eight former pupil at St Paul’s Girls’ School



Amy Tinkler, Gymnastics Floor current pupil at Durham High School for Girls


Also on Team GB


Jodie Williams former pupil at Queenswood School

Lynsey Sharp former pupil at Mary Erskine, Edinburgh


Cycling : Emma Pooley former pupil at Norwich High School for Girls (GDST)

Equestrian : Gemma Tattersall Moira House Girls’ School

Modern Pentathlon : Kate French former pupil at Cobham Hall

Synchronised Swimming : Olivia Federici former pupil at St Alban’s High School for Girls


In all, 30 per cent of Team GB competitors who brought back medals from the Rio Olympics were educated in independent schools.

Read the full story here.

With thanks to the Independent Schools Council and @IndependentHead Mark Steed for their analysis.

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