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22 November - 25 November 

Saturday's fixtures last week produced a pleasing set of results with tight games against Bromsgrove in the hockey and a particularly impressive win for the U14 squad. The netball courts were also busy with matches for the U13s and U12s against King’s Worcester. Three wins from four on the day and an outstanding performance by the U13b team to win without conceding a goal was the highlight! 

U16 B hockey team had a lovely time at the Midland Finals and equipped themselves really well against the A teams from other school.  Lovely team spirit from the all and a great experience.  

The U16A hockey team travelled to Beaconsfield High to play in the latest round of the England Hockey plate competition. It was a tense affair in this knock out game with Beaconsfield scoring late to leave the match tied at 1-1 on the final whistle. An outstanding performance from Izzie in goal saw us take victory 4-2 in a penalty stroke competition and progress to the next round.  

The 2nd XI were also in action on Monday playing against BKHS at home. The girls put on a strong display to win 5-0. 

The U15A hockey team played against Princethorpe on Tuesday and, whilst the result did not go their way, there were strong individual performances from Izzie and Yasmin. The U15B netball team performed well, beating Aylesford in their local league fixture.  

Our U13 Gymnastics squad travelled to Shropshire on Thursday to compete in the Midlands ISA Set Floor Gymnastics Championship. The girls performed exceptionally well, and we look forward to receiving the confirmed results which we will share with you next week.  

The Inter Swim team were in London for the ESSA swim finals which took place in The Olympic Pool. The girls swam brilliantly to swim a PB and finish 11th nationally. Congratulations to Pippa, Poppy. Sophie and Lixu. 

Our U14 football team are playing in the 4th round of the ESFA football cup this afternoon against Bilton Grange and we wish them all the very best of luck.

The latest Warwick Foundation ski racing venture was at the National Schools Snowsports Association (NSSA) Open Championships on Sunday 21 November.  In ESSkiA events the winners have the fastest times! The results were great from all the skiers, with everyone racing to their best on a chilly but sunny day at Swadlincote. With the points system format of the race, the Kings High A team were placed 3rd in the Senior girls' event.   Individually, Frankie won her Under 12 individual ‘Senior’ school categories, and with 10 of our Foundation skiers also placing in the top 10 of their age groups, which was pleasing to see. 

In the first Midlands Ski Club Winter league event on Friday 19 November, 18 skiers from across the Foundation schools participated with success again for the following King's girls: 

U12 girls 3rd Frankie

U14 girls 2nd Carys

13 November - 18 November

Our Cross Country runners were very successful at the Cross Country Cup Regional Finals last Saturday. 

Junior team (Years 7 and 8) won the team competition and qualify for the National Cross Country Cup Final.  Imogen won the race, Nancy finished 3rd and Annie also finished in the top 10 out of 60 runners.  

Inter Team (Years 9 and 10) finished 3rd in the team competition and now qualify for the national Finals in Newquay in December. Maddie finished 4th with Amisha and Mae finishing 10th and 11th out of 64 starters.  

The Senior team finished 4th in the team competition. Well done to all runners. 

Our swimmers competed at Stowe Relays this week and we were very successful winning 3 out of 4 finals.  Under 18 team won both Medley and Freestyle finals, and U16 won medley narrowly losing to Stamford by 0.15second in the Freestyle Final. 

We've had a busy week of netball with 4 teams taking on Loughborough High School on Saturday.  Our year 7s had 2 convincing wins, scoring over 60 goals and only conceding 2, some exciting future ballers! Our U15s showed their usual cool and calm composure to also take the win and our U16s lost their first game, but used the learning experience to then go and win their next game. 

Monday saw our U15B team beat Kenilwoth in the local league followed by a fixture at Stratford Grammar for our U14s on Tuesday.  It was great to see so many girls take to court, some for the first time showing some really promising netball skills.  

This Wednesday we hosted the U19 triangular tournament where the top two teams qualify for the West Midland's regional finals.  I am pleased to report that the squad were on top form playing excellent netball from start to finish joining our U16s to claim their spot at the next round in January. 

Our Junior hockey teams have been on fine form this week representing the school at a Regional and National level with great success. The U14 squad competed in the Midlands Zone finals hosted on our own pitches. They beat all other school including Oundle, Oakham and Moreton Hall to finish in top spot and qualify for the Midlands Finals next week.  

The U13 squad have performed superbly beating The King’s School Worcester 5-0 in the Independent Schools Hockey cup on Tuesday and then going on to be crowned ISA National Hockey champions after a full day of competition at Lee Valley Olympic Hockey Stadium in London. We are very proud of the squad who worked hard throughout the day. 

The U13B team played Arnold Lodge on Thursday afternoon and drew 3-3 against a very strong team.   

Good luck to all the girls taking part in the ESSA swim finals and UK National School Outdoor Ski Championships this weekend. 

6 November - 11 November

‘They saved their best for last’ 

A fantastic performance in the national final saw our U14 Hockey Team crowned the Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Hockey Champions.  

Our team travelled to Lee Valley Hockey Centre, by the Olympic Park. It was a brilliant team effort, and we are incredibly proud of them all!  

On Saturday the U15's hockey team fought hard against a strong Northampton team, they defended well and were rewarded with a goal to take the score to a 2-1 loss.  There were lots of positives to take forward.  

The U13's hockey team on Saturday created lots of opportunities to score, they showed great resilience and determination to go from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. 

The U14 football team continued their impressive run of form in when playing again Lutterworth College at the start of the week. The team worked tirelessly to create opportunities and were rewarded with 3 goals. This victory means the team progress and will play Bilton Grange in the fourth round of the FA Cup.  

On Saturday our U14's netball team played their county tournament at Rugby School. The whole squad played a massive part in helping the girls to move onto the triangular round before Regionals. A huge congratulations to our shooters who were fantastic throughout the tournament. 

Our 16A netball headed to Bromsgrove School on Monday to play the next round of the SnS cup competition. With 2 experienced teams we knew it would be a close game and would come down to the team who made the least number of errors. The girls went out knowing they needed to work well to keep possession of the ball and make sure we rewarded any turnovers, which is exactly what they did taking the win and moving onto the next round.  

 11 girls competed for the Central area at Warwickshire Inter Area cross country on Saturday. 

In the minor group (year 7) Imogen won the race, and Nancy came second, with Annabel and Emma both finishing in the top 10 to ensure the central area win. 

In the junior race (year 8/9) Amisha won, with Annie and Tiggy both finishing in top 10 to ensure the central area won.  

In the Intermediate race Maddie finished third and Sophie was scored for the central team who finished in second place. 

This weekend is the Cross Country Cup and we wish our teams luck as they aim to make the National Cross Finals. 

On Sunday 7 November we had another Ski Race training session at Swadlincote Dry Ski Slope. 38 skiers from across all the Foundation schools attended with the ‘now established’ core of skiers being kept on their toes by 15 further students attending for the first time. 

The morning was spent working on technical skiing under the watchful eyes of the coaches from Midland Ski Club and then in the afternoon the focus switched to skiing Slalom on ‘gated’ and ‘stubby’ courses.  

There was significant improvement by all skiers during the day and the next session is not far away. 

Congratulations also to those in the Ski Squad who raced in the Midland Ski Club Championships on Friday 5 November, it was a great experience with all the Foundation skiers performing well. Two of our Warwick Prep skiers gaining a medal position. Well done to Frankie, U12 and Bea, U8 who both placed second in their categories. 

1 November - 4 November

Just prior to breaking up for the October half term, our U14 team played in the County hockey tournament.  They won two games against Rugby and Bablake and drew to Solihull but finished second on goal difference.  They now progress through to the Midlands Zone round. We also enjoyed 6 Hockey fixtures against Solihull with our U12s winning 4, losing 1 and drawing one.  

The highlight of the past week was the National Biathlon Finals, held at Bath University on the first Saturday of the half term break. It is with great pleasure that we are able to congratulate the U15 team who performed superbly to finish as silver medallist and with the title of the second best team in the Country.  Maddie in Year 10 competed as part of this team but should also be congratulated for completing the sixth fastest running time on the day.  

We are delighted to congratulate Gemma and her horse Giselle who came fourth at the NSEA Dressage Championships at Keysoe, riding a Novice test. 

Sport has continued in full force with the U14 Netball squad recording an emphatic victory over Malvern College in the latest round of their SNS Cup run.  

9 October - 14 October 

With over 10 fixtures taking place this week, including 2 tournaments and 2 cup games, we’ve had over 100 students representing the school at different levels in Netball alone this week! A tough game against Bromsgrove for our U19 team at the beginning of the week was followed by them being crowned county champions on Wednesday- a fabulous achievement! Our U15’s took the win against Bablake to move into the next round of the Sports Magazine Cup. Well done to everyone who has represented school this week.  

The U16B hockey team took part in the England Hockey Tier 3 Tournament on Wednesday evening. They showed great determination and made progress throughout the tournament. A strong performance and win against SGGS meant the girls finished as runners-up in the County and now progress through to the Midlands Zone Finals in November.  

On Saturday 9th October, two teams of skiers from King's High and Warwick School represented the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation in the ESSkiA (English Schools Ski Association) National age group finals, held at the Norfolk Snowsports Club in Norwich. To have two teams from the newly formed WISF Ski Race squad invited to the finals is a great achievement, as the standard is very high. School teams from across 6 regional qualifying events are invited to participate. Notable ESSkiA alumni include Dave Ryding and Chemmy Alcott; both of whom have been ranked in the top 10 in the world in their respective disciplines. 

The boys from Warwick School competed in the U16 age group and the girls from King's High in the U14’s. All the skiers acquitted themselves well with solid performances, and they have now set a standard on which to build for the future. 

For our skiers to reach this stage, and for all of those who participate in our WISF Ski Race programme (many of whom raced in the ESSkiA qualifying event), this is a fantastic achievement. We are now planning to run further training sessions on some Friday evenings, weekends and half-term. Squad skiers may also have the opportunity to compete in the Midland Ski Club Winter Race League and Club Championships, as well as National Schools Snowsports Association races, all providing further great race experience. 

Many congratulations to Izzie in Year 10 who has been selected for the U15 England Hockey Performance Centre. We were also thrilled that, following Mrs Hinton’s appointment as Assistant Coach for Celtic Dragons, Miss Miles, also in our Sports Department, has signed to play for Loughborough Lightning.

2 October - 7 October

It has been a very busy week for sport at King’s. The U15s were once again in fine form; this time on the Hockey pitch beating Trent college in the next round of the Independent Schools Hockey cup. There were also strong wins for the senior netball teams and U16 Hockey team. On Thursday the U14 Hockey team recorded an emphatic victory over Malvern College in a very impressive display only matched by the straight sets victory by the U14 tennis team who now progress to the Regional Finals.  

We were delighted to host the ESSA qualifiers in our home pool joint with Warwick School and congratulations to all the students who took part and competed for school; some in their first swimming gala for King’s High.  Inter team of Pippa, Poppy, Sophie and Lixu achieved the quickest times in the West Midlands region.  We wait to hear if they achieved one of the 20 quickest times in the country to qualify for the finals.

At the weekend 4 hockey teams played against Princethorpe recording 3 wins, The U13 team travelled to Bromsgrove and had some excellent performances in the invitational tournament, whilst the U16 and U18 indoor teams took part in their first set of practice indoor matches before their County tournaments.  

Congratulations must go to Freya and Sharon who, at the weekend, made their National League hockey debuts representing club teams Khalsa and Leamington Hockey club. We wish both a very successful season. Maddie should also be congratulated for her performance at the London mini marathon having been selected based on her previous performances.  

This week has continued in the same manner with outstanding success. Congratulations to Hannah who yesterday was crowned Independent Schools Association U18 Slalom ski champion and took the open event title in impressive style. Our Junior, Intermediate and Senior cross-country teams were in fine form at the County Championships.

The Junior Cross-Country team recorded the most successful cross-country results of any team in King’s History in the County Championships with all runners finishing in the top 8 out of 40 runners.  King’s took all three spots on the podium and we wish the team consisting of Imogen, Nancy, Annie, Ellie and Emma the best of luck at the Regional round.    Maddie achieved a podium 3rd place in the Inters; the day after she competed in the London mini marathon. 

The U13 hockey team played superbly against strong opposition at Bromsgrove’s Tournament.  Winning 2 Drawing 2 and Losing 2.  Thank you to all the parents that braved the rain to come and support the students.

The U18b hockey team (picture below) had a fantastic afternoon at the County tournament on Wednesday. They had three challenging games with a team made up from four year groups and they performed remarkably well.

 

24 September - 30 September

The weekend a great number of students represented King’s High in both netball and Hockey. The U15A team beat all teams at our annual quadrangular and there were pleasing results for the U13a, U13b, U12b and U12c hockey teams in their matches. The U12 A Hockey team travelled away to Loughborough and were emphatic in their performances, comfortably beating both Loughborough Grammar and Bablake Henries to be crowned champions. 

The U13 Football team enjoyed their first run out in the cup against Southam College. Southam proved too strong for us on this occasion but the team are looking forward to competing in the upcoming ISA National Tournament. 

There were more cup competitions taking place this week with the U19 team losing out to a very strong Berkhamsted team and the U16 Hockey team losing out in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Stowe School. Huge congratulations go to the U15 Hockey team, however, who performed well to beat Trent College 2-0 in the Independent Schools Hockey Cup. 

19 September - 23 September

It has been a busy week for the girls with lots of sporting cup and tournament fixtures in football; hockey; netball and the skiing competition last Sunday. Congratulations goes to the U16 netball team who won the ISA Midlands Netball Competition on Tuesday, scoring over 100 goals on their way to victory!

It is a pleasure to report that our Foundation Skiing squads took to the slopes in formal competition for the first time this weekend at the ESSKIA Regional Qualifiers. Whilst we await the official results we are hopeful that the U14B Squad will progress to the Finals.

We were delighted to formally launch the King’s High Badminton Academy on Tuesday night with coaches George and Jane Tarver. We look forward to seeing this sport continue to develop in the coming months.

On Wednesday evening the King’s High U14 Football 9 aside Squad took to the field for the first time in the first round of the cup. It is fair to say they did so with a bang, running out 14-1 victors over Finham Park.

It has been a pleasure to see so many girls representing the school over the past week in so many different disciplines. There have been 14 fixtures in five different sports and many girls have had their first experiences of playing for King’s High.

This weekend we are welcoming schools to our annual netball and hockey tournaments. Good luck to all those girls playing in either our tournament and the U12s who will be travelling to Loughbrough to play in their Hockey Festival.

11 September – 16 September 

We’ve kick-started the term with a week full of netball fixtures. Our seniors move into the second round of both the SnS and ISNC cups after strong wins against Rushcliffe School and Bedford Girls.  Our U15 team followed suit on Tuesday with a win to take them into the next round of the School’s Magazine cup. The U14 squad played a strong Bablake team earlier in the week, and although they didn’t take the win, it was exciting to see the potential this squad have.  

At the weekend’s hockey fixtures we played Bedford and it was so delightful to see so many girls back playing.   

Hockey Match Reports from fixtures against Bedford:

First team - It was a great game against Bedford first team.  It was a hard match but great teamwork and communication from everyone.  Some great saves from Izzy and a strong defence keeping a clean sheet in the first half.   An unlucky loss of 2-1 with a great goal from Ellie assisted from Molly.  Well played to all the girls especially as they have not played together before.  

Second team: Great game with a 2-0 win against Bedford seconds. Great goal from Molly B with an amazing assist from Zara.  Another great goal from Emma.  Credit to the girls who played both matches. There was a fantastic team spirit from the mixtures of years playing!  Well played girls.  

U15 - After not playing for almost 2 years we were all very excited to play hockey and raring to go. We played our best with lots of opportunities to score but didn’t manage to.   We worked really well as a team.  Unfortunately we lost the match 1-0 with Bedford scoring in the last two minutes.  The early start didn’t help us but the girls did play really well and were up for the challenge.  Lucy in year 9 stepped up as our goalie and was excellent. Well done Lucy!  In the next match we fought hard but unfortunately lost 3-0 to Bedford whose team was a mix of U15’s and 16’s!  Well done to everyone, you did amazingly well! 

This weekend we are looking forward to heading to Bloxham with the U12s and U13s hockey teams. 

Good luck to our skiers competing at the ESSKIA regional qualifier at Gloucester Ski Centre on Sunday. 

Sporting Summer!

The first fixture and big events of the sporting year have already taken place with an exciting preseason camp taking place over two days at the end of the summer holiday, the Ski squad selection day on Sunday 5th and the 1st XI Hockey team winning their first game 1-0 against Bromsgrove. Congratulations to those girls who made the official 1st team debut.  

As a fresh hockey season commences, the Sixth Form first team took on Bromsgrove in a Cup Match on Tuesday evening.  The girls were excited to get back on the pitch to play the sport they love and have missed.  The first team started off with a bang, using their dynamic movements in defence to bring the ball up the pitch into our attacking third, even in the intense heat.  King's dominated the first 15 minutes and won multiple short corners and, in the 2nd quarter, Hannah scored the winning goal.  With excellent coaching from the side lines and the perseverance in the extreme heat, King’s High came out victorious. 

There was a fabulous turn out for the first senior netball session for the 2021/22 season. We had over 60 girls turn up and take part in an evening of match play. It was so great to see the girls back on court, ready to go and showing such enthusiasm.  

Please see below a list of achievements in sport over the summer 

Sienna should be congratulated for competing as part of team GB in show jumping at a recent 5 day event.  

Freya has been selected to attend U16 England Hockey trials and we wish her the best of luck.  

Isabella has made it through to the last 18 of the England U17 Waterpolo squad and we wish her luck in her upcoming trials 

Mollie was selected to be vice captain of the U15 Wasps netball squad who competed at the School games at Loughborough University. The team finished third and we congratulate Mollie on her Bronze medal.  

Imogen  coxed the Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club WJ15 4x+ to victory in the B Final, and placed 6th fastest out of 36 crews at the British Rowing Junior Championships 2021 at the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham. 

Annabelle  competed in the National Pony Club Dressage Championships and came 15th. 

Ottelia and Holly received tennis coaching by Tim Henman at Wimbledon, having finished as Runners-up of their respective Road to Wimbledon tournaments 

Amisha and Mae  enjoyed competing as part of the UK Lions hockey tour at the start of the summer and Amisha has been selected to be part of the U13 UK Lions squad.  

3 – 8 July 

It was fitting that the last fixture for this academic year was an U12 cricket match bathed in glorious sunshine against Solihull. The U12A and C teams both enjoyed strong victories and the U12B team played well throughout a closely fought encounter eventually losing by two runs.  

Congratulations to all the girls who have represented the school in some way be that virtual or in person throughout this year.  

We are looking forward to our preseason training camps on Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September before a full and exciting year of fixtures next year.  

25 June - 2 July

Last Friday, King's High hosted King Henry VIII School on a lovely sunny afternoon.  The U12 A, C and D cricket teams represented the school winning two and losing one of the games. Much fun was had by all. 

On Tuesday the U13 and U15 B tennis teams played their game against Princethorpe School in the LTA Team Tennis School competition. With a convincing win for both teams this means the B team now join the A team and all four are crowned County Division champions and will now proceed into the next round in September next week. Well done to all the girls involved.  

Wednesday was a festival of sport with the whole school able to enjoy Sports Day for the very first time on the same site as our main school building!! The morning saw girls competing in Tennis and Cricket for their Houses before more Tennis and traditional Athletics events in the afternoon. It was a wonderful occasion for our community to come together and compete in true King’s spirit – we even had time for some ‘fun’ events at the end of the day! We eagerly await the results being announced in our Final assembly of the year. In 2018-2019 the House Cup was ultimately decided by the results for Sports Day so the stakes are high.  

Year 7 had a wonderful time at the swimming pool on Tuesday. The whole year took part in races, including a 24 person Cannon relay. 7k were the overall victors!

19 - 24 June

Seven Kings High teams from U12 to U14 enjoyed a morning of competitive and enjoyable cricket against RGS Worcester on Saturday.  Lots of runs were made, many catches taken and huge smiles all round. 

On Monday, our Street Dancers (picture below) completed their examinations and we look forward to hearing how they got on in the coming weeks.   

It’s a weekend full of cricket and tennis fixtures and we wish all our students good luck. 

In other news, we were absolutely delighted to be ranked No.13 Best Independent Girls' Sporting School in the UK by School Sport Magazine 2020!

11 – 17 June 

Sporting Summer 

Six teams from U12, U13 and U14s faced Princethorpe College last Saturday. The sun was shining for six well matched, high spirited games of cricket resulting in lots of smiles from all!  It was fantastic to see the King’s girls playing Cricket fixtures after a rain-affected start to this term, fingers crossed for the sunshine to continue to allow for more of our pupils to get involved in Cricket fixtures. 

On Tuesday the U15 A and B teams travelled to Leicester Grammar; they enjoyed playing cricket in the sunshine and look forward to the upcoming fixture on 26 June. 

On Sunday 13 June our U13 and U15 gymnastics squads joined our Warwick Prep U9, U10 and U11s remotely to compete in the Independent Schools Gymnastics Association's National Championships. 215 girls from 12 schools across the country competed live to judges on screens. Our nine girls performed brilliantly on floor and we now await the results.  Girls were awarded commemorative medals from ISGA. Well done to all girls who performed! 

Very well done to Bella who has been selected to be part of the England National Waterpolo Residential week this summer as she aims for a place on the U17 competition squad for next season. 

Huge congratulations also to Isabella who has been selected for GB show jumping in Paris and Morocco.  

7 – 10 June 

The sun was shining on us this week quite literally and athletics was in full flow. We were delighted to invite Princethorpe and Warwick School to compete in an Athletics event with Year 9 and Year 10 on Monday and then again with Year 7 and Year 8 on Wednesday. For our Year 7 and Year 8 girls this was the first opportunity to compete in athletics for school and they were brilliant! We look forward to many more exciting athletics events in the coming years with them. 

Our U14 B team tennis players played a competitive game against Kingsley A squad, achieving a draw on the night. Congratulations to Sabrina, Laura and Alannah who had the honour of representing and winning with Warwickshire U14 County Cricket against Leicestershire this week. It is wonderful to see three King's High girls represented in this squad. We look forward to seeing the girls in their King's kit this weekend as they play in our cricket fixtures against Princethorpe.  

Over half term, our superstar Equestrian riders, Sienna and Tilly competed in the NSEA National Eventer Challenger Championship at Hickstead over the bank holiday weekend. Both girls finished in the top 20% in all National classes competed in and Sienna deserves a special mention for finishing in 5th place out of 78 competitors in the 90/96cm show jumping class. 

Finally, our newly formed ski squad had the most enjoyable day training on Sunday at Swadlincote slope. Girls were able to make great progress over the day, and it bodes well for competitions next academic year.  

Now that fixtures are becoming regularly can you please check SOCS to see if your daughter has been selected for a fixture. 

22 – 25 May 

On Friday we celebrated the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 sporting seasons in a wonderful Sports’ Awards dinner. For the leaving Upper Sixth, this took the form of a sit-down dinner complete with a beautifully decorated room and food from our catering team; the first event in school since lockdown over a year ago. For parents and girls in other year groups we were able to celebrate as a community via an online link. It was a pleasure to hear from the girls reading their memories of the year and of course to congratulate those girls who received coach's awards and of course our end of Key Stage awards.  

We also welcome girls to sign up for our pre-season training camps which will be running on Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September. These fun packed days will involve workshops in the morning on areas such as nutrition, strength and conditioning and video analysis which girls from all sports are welcome to attend. The afternoon will then be dedicated to hockey and netball specific training.  

On Sunday 23 May, seven students from King’s High School and eight students from Warwick Prep School attended a ski training day organised by The English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA). The Gloucester slope at 255 metres is the longest in England and at first sight it can appear very intimidating. For several of the students it was their second experience of an artificial slope, having attended The ESSKIA Training Day at Swadlincote in April. These students were quickly into their stride under the expert guidance of the four ski race coaches on the slope. Newcomers were rather more tentative but having mastered the draglift they quickly adapted to a surface new to many of them. 

The first two hours were spent working on technical development of their skiing before moving onto skiing through either stubbies or gates (gates for the older girls). After a break for lunch the forecast rain in our very wet May, arrived. This did not reduce the enthusiasm of the students as they all completed two timed runs through a slalom course. Great progress was made by all and this will now be further developed in regular training sessions at Swadlincote organised by The Midland Ski Club. 

In September the school plans to enter several teams in the English Schools Qualifying races at Gloucester and we are sure that this will be the start of a very successful journey for our new ski race.

So exciting for the Year 7s to finally play their first competitive fixture since joining King's.  A lovely afternoon of tennis with 16 girls involved against Solihull with the A team winning 9-6 and the B team 9-0.  

Saturday saw King's host the 109th Midlands Girls’ Schools’ Tennis League Tournament.  The standard of tennis was excellent and all three pairs represented the school excellently.  Bella and Holly played superbly in the first pair tournament to finish second in their pool and faced an incredibly strong Bromsgrove team in the final, losing out for top spot but coming away as impressive Runners-up.  Ottelia and Maddie played in the second air tournament and also finished in second place after the group stage but managed to do one better and won a very close final 7-5 against Rugby School.  Year 8 Marina and Martina demonstrated a mature approach against some very tough opposition playing in their first Senior fixture. Congratulations to all the girls.  

On Wednesday, King’s played Bromsgrove in the 3rd round of the National Tennis Championships - the first time we have reached the third round of this highly competitive cup. Unfortunately, Bromsgrove proved to be too strong on this occasion.  Well done to Holly, Isabella, Maddie and Ottelia who played.  

Congratulations to our Equestrian team who finished as runners up at the Eventer Challenger on Sunday.  The team consisted of Sienna, Tilly and Arabella. 

Following on from the virtual swimming gala held on 8 May we are pleased to announce that the U14 girls and U16 girls’ teams were placed 1st and the Senior girls were placed 2nd.  Well done! 

We are looking forward to our Sports Awards evening this evening with guest speaker Sarah Glenn.  Sarah is an International cricketer and also plays National League hockey.  We are excited to hear all about her career so far, and of course to celebrate the many achievements of our girls. 

 

 

 

 

8 - 13 May

Whilst the weather prevented the first cricket fixtures of the season taking place last weekend, it was perfect for our swimmers.  Competing for the first time in our pool this year, swimmers from years 8-13 were able to race and record times to take part in a HMC virtual league gala against other schools.  It was an impressive display and wonderful to see the girls competing again. We look forward to hearing the results. 

The tennis squads have continued to be busy this week and, following on from their success against Leicester Grammar School, our U14, U15 and U18 squads recorded a clean sweep of victories against Bloxham School. We look forward to the rearranged Midlands Tennis tournament which is being hosted at King's High this weekend as well as our first set of U12 tennis matches. 

It was also fantastic to see the Year 13s netball team playing again in Rugby this week and wonderful for the girls to have the opportunity to play a competitive fixture again. All thoroughly enjoyed being back on court.

30 April - 6 May

This week our tennis team beat Leicester Grammar in round 2 of the National Championships 18U K/O competition with a 4-2 win with players from Year 8, 9 and 12.  It was a first-time victory for us over a dominant tennis school.   

This Saturday is going to be a busy one sporting-wise with the girls on site for our first swimming gala - good luck to everyone taking part. Sadly we have had to postpone hosting the Midlands Tennis Tournament, home cricket fixtures for U12 and U13s, and away cricket fixtures for the U14s and U15s due to the weather.

24 - 29 April

On Sunday 25 April, seven King's High pupils from Years 7 and 8 took to the artificial ski slope at Swadlincote Ski Centre in South Derbyshire. 

They were attending a training event organised by The English Schools’ Ski Association (ESSKIA). The school has recently become a member of this organisation with a view to entering teams in the Area Qualifying races for the English Schools Championship in September 2021. 

Only two of the pupils had experience of skiing on an artificial surface so, on entering the long and steep slope at 10.15am, many nerves were on display. However, under the guidance of the ESSKIA ski race instructors, they quickly found their ski legs. 

They concentrated on basic skiing technique for the first 90 minutes and then worked on their technique through either Stubbies or Gates. 

After a well-earned lunch break, the girls took to the slopes for timed runs and all athletes performed with exceptional skill. 

Happy faces left the slope at 3pm and all girls were keen to repeat the experience at the next ESSKIA training day at The Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre on Sunday 23 May. Several other pupils from both schools have already signed up for the next event. 

Very excited we had our first tennis fixture against Bromsgrove last Saturday and it was great to see the girls back in competitive play.  Some tough games and excellent tennis on show.  Next Saturday 8 May we are holding the Virtual Swimming Gala for Year 8 to Upper Sixth. Details have been sent out and if you haven’t received them please contact Mrs Riley.

 

 

20 - 24 April

We have thoroughly enjoyed being back and playing sport this week with the added bonus of a bit of sunshine. The girls have enjoyed a range of tennis, cricket and athletics practices already, and the Years 7 and 8 girls even had their first Tag Rugby session with some of the Warwick School rugby coaches. There are two areas that deserve a special mention this week: the first is to recognise that our Upper Sixth enjoyed their very last Sports lesson at King's on Tuesday. For some this will be their last lesson over a 15 year period as a member of the Warwick Schools Foundation. They have been a wonderful year group to work with and enjoyed some outstanding sporting achievements throughout their time with us. 

The second item to speak of this week is the eagerly anticipated return of inter-school fixtures. We welcome a small number of girls to King's on Saturday afternoon to compete in our first tennis fixture of the season and we can't wait!

27 - 30 March

We celebrated what we hope is the very last virtual Saturday sports session last weekend by completing scavenger hunts, challenges and a warm up dance off complete with burpees.  The girls had a brilliant morning of challenges, all whilst helping Miss Clark to complete the last day of the Challenge PE charity fundraiser.  Over the course of the morning hundreds of burpees were completed with the very last action of the day being number 3500 for the week.  Thank you to all the girls who have been involved in the fundraiser and those who have joined us online for our Saturday sessions this term. 

It has also continued to be a busy week of sport in school with the highlights being the very last netball and hockey sessions for our fantastic Upper Sixth.  We are keeping everything crossed that we will be able to have a match for them to finish off their time at King's in the Summer Term after seven years of superb dedication and sporting achievements. 

For those parents out there, who have daughters interested in skiing, we are in the process of setting up a Ski squad.  If your daughter is interested in attending regular training sessions and races, then please email Mrs Smith on Jan.smith@kingshighwarwick.co.uk for further information.  There are currently two training days planned.  The first one is Sunday 25 April at The Swadlincote Ski Centre.  Bookings can be made via the ESSKIA website (esskia.org).  The second one is Sunday 23 May at The Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre and again bookings and further information can be found on the ESSKIA website.

Last session of the year for Year 7 hockey tonight and they had their first try of an 11-a-side.

20 – 25 March

Mr and Mrs Bryce led a footwork specific online fitness session on Saturday morning.  Thank you to all involved.  Well done to all the PE department staff who completed their challenges this week as nominated by the girls.  We were all pretty impressed by Mrs Parkinson-Mills’ run to and from work - a total of 30 miles – and Mr Bryce completing his one-minute handstand.  Go over to our ‘KHS Sport’ twitter feed to see more videos and updates on how the department got on.  Today (Thursday) four of the Year 8 girls completed the English school’s virtual cross-country event and seven of the Year 7s completed the Central Warwickshire School Games Cross Country event.  All the girls ran really well.  Mrs Parkinson-Mills, Miss Clark and Mrs Riley will be leading an Easter fun competition this Saturday morning for their online fitness session.

13 - 18 March

A great session to finish our first week back at school.  Well done to all those pupils who attended Saturday sport focusing on Athletic Development.  This session allowed the pupils to improve their ability in different fundamentals of movements, as well as understanding the purpose of why we focus on the fundamentals.  It was a great morning full of energy and enthusiasm by all the girls.  It's been fantastic to see so many happy faces back on the hockey pitch during their gameplay sessions.  Look out for the amazing Bryce tag team this Saturday morning for online fitness.  It has been an exciting week for the staff of the PE department with the results of the Challenge PE charity fundraiser being collated.  I know you will all be excited to support the staff over the next two weeks as they complete their designated challenges as nominated by pupils to raise money for the charity MIND.  You can enjoy Miss Clark completing 500 burpees a day every day for a week, Mrs Parkinson-Mills running to school and back one day with a total of 30 miles, Mr Bryce holding a handstand for one minute, Miss Page completing 30 press ups and Mrs Bryce completing a 2km row, 2km bike and 2km run consecutively as fast as she can to name just a few of the challenges.  Do keep an eye on the KHS Sports twitter feed for video evidence of these challenges being completed and thank you to everyone who has supported this charity fund raiser. 

6 – 11 March

The focus for this week’s Saturday morning netball session was looking at attacking the ball and having control of your body.  Mrs Walker started off with a ladder HITT session which certainly got our heart rates up!  We went down the ladder before heading straight back up it after a small break!  Mrs Hinton then took over, starting with some ball handling skills before moving onto some footwork drills specifically working on strong forward and backwards drives when attacking the ball.  A great way to start the weekend and all the girls who turned up worked super well, listening to the feedback given to them.  It has been fantastic to hear and see the girls from all year groups back outside enjoying taking part in sports on our fantastic facilities.  From first thing on Monday morning the fitness suite, swimming pool, netball courts, tennis courts, AstroTurf and grass pitches have sprung back into life with a full complement of extra-curricular sports clubs.  As much fun as possible has been on the agenda for all clubs so far this week and girls have enjoyed taking part in the activities on offer. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Charity Fundraiser in support of MIND.  With challenges ranging from 500 burpees a day, and holding a one minute handstand, to running a 30 mile round trip to school and back, the challenges you’ve selected for our PE staff have been fantastic.  Do keep an eye on the KHS Sport twitter feed to see them in action.  Well done to all students who took part in the super Athletic Development session last Saturday; tomorrow it’s online fitness. 

27 February – 4 March

Miss Howells enjoyed hosting her Saturday morning live session and it was lovely to see all the girls wanting to develop their Cricket.  It was great to see some of them outside embracing the weather as well as testing their bowling and batting accuracy.  In Sport Discovery club Miss Howells was recreating iconic female sporting celebrations.  The task was to choose an iconic female sporting moment, discuss why they have chosen it and outline its impact on female sport as well as replicate the celebration of that athlete.  Miss Howells was very impressed with the videos that the girls put together.  This Saturday it will be Mrs Hinton and Mrs Walker leading a netball session looking at strong attacking movements! 

Hats off to all the PE staff who completed their challenges admirably this week, in aid of MIND, including a 30 mile run and a one minute handstand.  More news and videos available on the KHS Sport twitter channel. Very well done to our four Year 8 girls who completed the English Schools Virtual Cross Country event, and seven Year 7 girls who took part in the Central Warwickshire School Games Cross Country event. And this Saturday we look forward to an Easter fun competition in our online fitness session.

22 – 25 February

What a way to mark our first week back this half term with a live question and answer session with not one, but two Vitality Superleague netball players!  Over 100 girls from Warwick Prep and King's High joined the online talk to hear all about what it takes to follow your sporting dreams and to ask Lucy and Rosie Harris a range of questions from their favourite thing about netball to how they managed to balance their sporting careers with their academic studies through school and university.  An inspiring talk indeed and one which we hope the girls at King's and Warwick Prep will take a great deal from.  We are looking forward to our Saturday sport session again this weekend with a cricket themed workout and skills session.  Congratulations to Lucia who was awarded the Junior Player of the Year at the Warwickshire LTA Awards held this week.

6 – 11 February

Having been listed in the School Sport magazine as one of the top 150 schools for sport in the country the sports department at King's has continued with an array of clubs and lesson this week. Last Saturday we had a live cricket themed workshop where girls enjoyed/endured a HIIT session with Mrs Parkinson-Mills pretending to be fielding an imaginary cricket ball and working those quick feet in the virtual field.  With a little imagination and creativity frying pans, pairs of socks and anything in between were then utilised to practice catching and batting technique in a skills workshop with Miss Howells.  We are looking forward to the girls playing properly again very soon.  Our wonderful Sports Leaders are leading the live events for the Warwick Prep pupils all week for their award.  They love meeting each other and having fun and this week has been Wacky Sock week in games lessons.

The department is excited to share with the students shortly a charity fundraising event that will take place after half term where they can get their own back on the PE staff for all of their fitness sessions recently.  Look out for further news in the first week back after half term.

29 January – 4 February

Last Saturday’s footwork-based session working on dynamic movements, where Mr Bryce tested everyone knowing their left from their right, whilst hopping over sticks.  Followed by some tennis trick shots where girls used whatever they had at home, from a badminton racket with a pair of socks to a frying pan with a balloon. 

It was fantastic to see a number of girls attempt the weekly challenge last week. Girls were asked to virtually pair up and complete 25km running between them. Congratulations to Phoebe, Julia, Maddie, Maisie, Florence, Bella, Amisha, Emily, Lucy, Mae and of course all the parents who were also dragged out running!  Miss Clements and Miss Page did a HIIT session followed by Yoga and ended on a challenge of how long they can hold the tree pose for. 

23 – 28 January

Last week the PE department finished their Friday evening with Pilates where the girls challenged their balance, glutes and core with girls declaring “their legs feel like jelly!”.  On Saturday, the girls joined Miss Page and Miss Clements for a Barre and Pilates based workout.  The session was tough, but the girls persevered through each circuit and completed the session, finishing with some well-deserved stretching.  Well done girls; excellent work.  It was fantastic to start our week with an 8am workout on Monday morning.  Girls from Year 8 to Upper Sixth (including Mrs Didlick) joined in to wake up their bodies and get the endorphins flowing before the school day.  We look forward to welcoming even more girls next week.  This Saturday’s session is to be run by Mrs Bryce and will be a footwork and agility session suitable for anyone and then some tennis skills.

16 – 21 January

On Saturday morning Miss Howells and Mr Bryce ran a hockey specific morning workout session.  About 23 attended.  We were pleased to see our joint hockey captains, Lizzie and Millie attend.  Focus was on strength endurance to begin with followed by abs and a finisher.  Fun was had by all.  This Saturday Miss Page and Miss Clements will be running a dance themed Barre workout from 9.30 - 10.15am.  Girls have already been sent a link via their email to join.  To help the PE department with planning of the sporting clubs next week we have sent a link to a form (form link) to the girls for them to sign up.  We will be sending this out every Thursday and ask that they sign up by Sunday afternoon.  Please check with your daughter that she has signed up. 

Day 

Club 

Time 

Staff

Year groups

Monday 

Monday morning motivation 

08:00 – 8:35 

PARS

7 - 13

 

Yoga 

13:10 –13:40 

BRYK

7 - 13

 

Yoga

16:15 – 17:00

PAGC

7 - 13

Tuesday 

Pre-hub exercises  

13:10 - 13:40 

CLEH

7 - 13

 

Pre-hub exercises  

16:15 – 17:00

HINJ

7 - 13

Wednesday 

Sport Extension 

13:10 - 13:40 

HOWR

9 - 11

 

Sport Discovery Club

16:15 – 17:00

HOWR

7 - 13

Thursday 

Dance/Aerobics 

13:10 – 13:40

PAGC

7 - 13

 

Footwork and Core  

16:15 – 17:00

BRYK

7 - 13

Friday 

Challenge sport 

13:10 – 13:40

PARS

7 - 13

 

Pilates  

16:15 – 17:00

WALC

7 - 13

9 – 14 January 

On Saturday morning Mrs Walker and Mrs Hinton ran a netball specific HITT and footwork session. It was a great start to the weekend with the girls showing their usual enthusiasm and energy. Mrs Walker’s HITT session focused on strengthening our legs for all those explosive jumps we need to make in a netball match, whether it is intercepting a pass, or receiving a ball in the shooting circle. Mrs Hinton moved onto some drills working on improving our agility, speed and quick change of direction. The girls were focusing on keeping their eyes on the ball but having their hips turned in the direction they were running. 

A great session with lots of sweaty, tired faces at the end. Well done girls; it’s so important to keep practising those skills.         

This Saturday’s session with a hockey specific theme will be run by Mr Bryce and Miss Howells and the link for the girls to join has already been sent to their emails. 

Before Christmas the PE department organised three virtual sporting events (Fitness Challenges, Hockey Challenges and Swimming Gala) for all schools in the UK to take part in.  We are pleased to announce the winners of these events below.  

Winners

Advanced Fitness Challenge Team (Year 7) Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Chloe, Hermione, Sabrina, Florence

Advanced Fitness Challenge Individual (Year 7) Winner: Chloe

Intermediate Fitness Challenge Team (Year 11) Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Ione, Molly, Olivia, Julia 

Intermediate Fitness Challenge Individual (Year 11) Winner:  Ione

Hockey Challenge 2 – Keep ups (Year 8) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Alannah, Mae, Madeleine, Paige, Gaia, Marina, Amisha

Hockey Challenge 2 – Keep ups (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Izzie, Yasmin, Aimee, Scarlet, Mollie, Hannah, Pippa

Hockey Challenge 3 – 5m Slalom (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Poppy, Jessica, Elisabeth, Madeleine, Krithi, Pippa, Yasmin

Hockey Challenge 3 – 5m Slalom (Year 9) Individual Winner:  Poppy

Hockey Challenge 4 – Goal Scoring (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Fliss, Laura, Isabella, Krithi, Mollie, Natalie, Edith

Hockey Challenge 6 – Goal Keeper Accuracy (Year 7) Individual Winner: Kiran

Hockey Challenge 6 – Goal Keeper Accuracy (Year 9) Individual Winner:  Izzie

Upon the girls' return to school we will be presenting certificates to all those who were awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.


Sarah Parkinson-Mills, Director of Sport at King’s High and Warwick Prep (and Investec Women’s Hockey League star) reports:

 
Our girls' to excel in their sporting endeavours!

The U12 netball team recently competed in the National semi-final of the SNS cup competition, finishing in the top four teams in the country. 

The U16 teams are celebrating successes in both hockey and netball, both reaching the the equivalent of the Midland’s Finals. The netball team ended in the top 8 in the region, with the the hockey team narrowly missing out on progressing to the next stage of the National England Hockey competition. 

The 1st and 2nd VII netball teams both played KES Stratford and recorded strong victories. 

The U13 VII aside hockey team competed in the In2Hockey schools County finals. They won the group and reached the final, defeating Princethorpe and Bablake on the way conceding just one goal, and ending as runners up. The team now goes through to the Midland's Finals!  

Congratulations to the U12 and U13 swimming squads who took part in the annual Warwick 50s swimming gala.  It was a fantastic event, hosted in the swimming pool with Warwick School, which saw our girls competing against 11 other schools in each age group. The U12 Medley relay team started the proceedings in impressive style winning the first event of the day. There were a number of other excellent team and individual performances, with King’s High finishing as runners up overall. 

Congratulations to Maddie, Laura, Emma and Gigi who have all be selected to represent Warwickshire at Cross Country in March.

On Fire for Autumn Term!
King’s High sportswomen have got this new season off to a flying start.  In the past few days alone they have become: U16 Netball Champions, Plate Winners at the Midlands Tennis, won 1st and 2nd VII victories over Princethorpe College, four matches won for the U12A B C and D Hockey teams against Solihull School, 1st VI indoor hockey match and finally, our swimmers are ESSA qualifiers!

 
Swimming
The Juniors (Years 7/8) were the fastest in the West Midlands region in both the medley and freestyle at the ESSA qualifiers. A fantastic achievement. The medley A team finished in a time of 2.23.07.  (Annabel/Amelia, Lizzie/Molly). In the free relay they finished in a time of 2.04.36.

The intermediates, disrupted by the late injury to Amalia,  swam brilliantly to finish second in the West Midlands region in both the freestyle and medley relays. Free A time: 1.56.96 (Maddi/Sophie G/Ione/Becca. Medley A time 2.15.92 (Sophie/Maddi/Becca/Ione).

Congratulations to Sophie (Year 11) who has been selected to be part of the England U16 Rounders team.
King's has had great success once again on the sports front, with outstanding performances across many different disciplines, and by a huge number of our girls.

The Hockey and Netball teams continue to be some of the best in the Region and, despite training and matches being hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, the girls have continued to impress. 16 girls were fortunate enough to take part in a Wasps Netball workshop at the Ricoh arena early in the term which proved to be a very useful experience for them. There have been strong performances and victories against a number of teams, including Princethorpe, Malvern St James, Bablake and King Henry VIII.  We have had 13 Hockey teams and 15 Netball teams in action over the course of the term.

The U13 and U15 Netball squads deserve a special mention. As the term has progressed they have taken on teams from all over the country and London, playing in the Independent Schools National Plate competition. We are extremely proud both squads played at a consistently high standard to make the semi-finals of this National competition. They have developed as individuals and as teams throughout and it certainly bodes well for the future of Netball at King’s to have two teams competing in the later stages of this competition. We are extremely proud of the girls, their achievements and their competitive spirit when taking part in fixtures. There have been a huge number of girls who have represented the school in a number of different sporting disciplines. Well done to you all! We look forward now to the Summer Term where the girls will have the opportunity to compete in Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Cricket.
 
 
Netball – U13s County Champions, U12Bs Second in Emerging Schools Tournament
The U13 Netball squad most definitely used their experiences in the Plate Competition to see them take the County title at the end of the Spring Term. Competing against other local schools they comfortably topped their group with victories against Kingsley, Alcester Grammar and Bilton Grange. Coming up against Higham Lane in the semi-final was going to be tough but the girls rose to the occasion and comfortably ran out winners to book their place in the final. Once again the team faced Bilton Grange. The experiences the U13s have had through this season came to the forefront. After a cagey opening few minutes excellent composure all over the court meant a gap began to open. Super shooting under pressure from Hannah and Sophie meant King’s took the title by an impressive 5 goal margin.

In the same week the U12B team competed against a number of other local school A teams in the Emerging Schools Tournament. We are delighted to say they finished runners up, which is a superb achievement. Congratulations to all who took part.

Hockey – County Championship Successes
In the County Hockey Championships the U12 team performed superbly, in what is a fiercely competitive age group in the area. A disappointing 1-0 loss to begin with spurred the team on to victories against Bablake, Shottery and King Henry VIII. At the end of the tournament there were three teams tied on points for the gold medal. It was to be decided by goal difference, which placed us in the Bronze Medal position. Whilst the girls were extremely disappointed to have lost the title in this way it shows what great potential they have for future years at King’s.

In the U13 XI County tournament there was a nail biting finish. Building on their tour to Holland during the October half term the U13 hockey team have continued to develop and impress. A convincing win against Bablake set the tone, followed by a strong performance against Princethorpe and another convincing win against King Henry VIII. Going into the last game against Shottery the team knew a win would give them a chance of a medal. In the final moments of the game, a breakaway attack by Shottery forced a superb save from Jecca who had stepped up to play in goal, Sophie carried the ball out of defence and played it to Gabriella. With 30 seconds on the clock she passed the half way line and linked up with Sara down the right wing. Sara broke in to the attacking 25 with 10 seconds on the clock. Looking up she hit a cross to Olivia who calmly collected on her reverse stick, and slotted into the goal as the final whistle sounded. Scenes reminiscent of the Rio Olympics final followed as the girls celebrated their hard earned silver medals.
 
 
Swimming – Victorious Teams
It seems a long time ago that on the first day of term the U13 and U12 swimming squads competed in a gala against Bromsgrove. This set the tone for swimming this term with both age groups winning nearly every race.
The U18 and U15 A and B squads competed in the Bromsgrove invitational relays. It was a very successful day of racing with all squads, including the B teams, making the A team finals. The U15A team of Connie, Maddi, Evie and Ella won two silver medals in the medley relay and freestyle relay. The Warwick 100s later in the term proved to be a tense affair and one where the importance of every member of the squad really came to the forefront. The U18, U16 and U14 squad all competed on the day with a number of individual wins for our girls. The U14 squad, Sophie, Amalia, Maddi and Rebecca,  took their age group title but it came down to the last three races to decide who would win the overall title. We were level on points with Bedford, and came out victorious by just 1 point. An outstanding effort from all involved.

The swimming squad finished their season at the Otter relays. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious swimming meets in the school calendar. It is an open age group event and we took a number of young swimmers. To finish 14th out of 62 schools is an excellent achievement. Early in the term our Talented Athlete Programme swimmers were fortunate enough to take part in a breaststroke Masterclass with Mark Branch, the Junior 200m breaststroke record holder.
 
Water Polo – U15s Third at National Finals
Continuing our dominance in the pool, but this time with a ball as well, the U15 Water Polo team have been in blistering form. They qualified for the National Finals in emphatic style as Regional Champions,  knocking out the defending National Champions on the way. The team, made up of girls from Year 7 to Year 10, and captained by Issy, travelled to Northampton to compete in the finals. In their first group game they play Manchester High School. It was a cagey affair in the first half but Issy held her nerve when taking a penalty to give us a 2-1 lead at half time. A storming second half meant we ran out 6-2 winners. A great start to the competition. In the other group game against Highgate confidence was high, and we won through to the semifinal, 5-2. 

After a short break King’s played Bedford in the semi-final for a chance to compete to be crowned National Champions. Having played then in the regional round we knew it would be a tough match. Bedford took the lead in the game to be leading 2-1 at the half way stage. In the second half we scored early to draw level then almost without answer bombarded the Bedford goal. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the score remained 2-2 until the end. A penalty shoot out was to decide who would progress. Disappointingly it wasn’t our day and we went out 3-4.

Keen to ensure we came away with a bronze medal, the least the girls deserved, the team showed great resilience and togetherness to put on a solid performance once again against Manchester High. We dominated play to finish 3rd.

Congratulations to all the girls involved. To finish third in the country is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of you

Claypigeon Teams: Four Times National Champions
King's Clay Pigeon teams won the British Nationals Championship title for the fourth year running.  This was an extraordinary feat, ending yet another victorious season - Champions 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - which saw the girls regularly beating Millfield, Marlborough College, and even the Royal Agricultural University.  All congratulations to Sophie, Chloe, Cassie, Elizabeth, Lucy, Nina, Matilda, Emily, Freja and Jemma. Going For A Fourth National Championship?

Our Clay Pigeon Shooting team (National Champions 2015, 2016, 2017)  were the Team winners at the Oxford Gun Club’s Schools Challenge, beating the team from the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, a true accomplishment. Chloe, Lower Sixth, was third in the senior Ladies and Freya, Year 9 was third Prep Lady. Our girls also won First and Second at the Warwick Schools Challenge, with Chloe the Top Scorer. Competition included Bloxham, Cheltenham College and a large cohort from Millfield.  Our brother teams from Warwick School also won their competition.
 
Cross Country – Warwickshire Schools and Nationals
Our cross country runners have enjoyed the mud perhaps more than others. Special mentions should go to Daisy who finished 9th in the U16 Warwickshire School Cross Country. In the U14 age group Gigi finished 8th out of a field of 48 in the U14 version of the same competition. In the younger years Emma finished 12th in the U13 age group and our youngest runner, Molly, ran extremely well to finish 4th place and qualified for the National Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to all our runners!
 
Badminton Teams Central Warwickshire Bronze Medallists
Following on from their success in the Level 2 competition the U16 Badminton team went on to represent Central Warwickshire in the Level 3 school games finals. They played superbly well losing only to the eventual winners. Congratulations to Emily, Faith, Grace and Olivia who finished in the Bronze Medal position.
 
Athletics: Third at School Games Indoor Athletics
It seems bizarre to say we had our first Athletics fixture of the year considering the recent weather conditions. The Year 8 team competed at the School Games Indoor Athletics competition. They finished 3rd overall with a particularly strong performance from Georgia. We look forward to the outdoor season to come.