KES athletes take home titles

KES athletes have been particularly successful over the past week.

First Year pupil, Billy Goodridge, competed in the county track and field championships, winning the High Jump, with a new championship record, and also the 75m hurdle event. His performances place him in the national top 10. 

Sixth Form athlete, Sophie Ridley, has also been successful in the county athletics championships winning the Gold medal in the U20 womens 100m hurdles.

Congratulations to both students on outstanding performances.

First Year athletics competition

Last week the First Year athletics teams were in action in the county track knock-out competition. The girls worked hard to finish in 4th place but the boys did even better to finish in equal 1st with Wildern School to progress to the next round.  Well done to all those who took part.

KES hockey players become national club champions

Five KES U14 hockey players competed in the National Clubs U14 Hockey Championships playing for Winchester Hockey Club at the weekend. They played really well all day and beat Surbiton Hockey Club 2-0 in the final to become national champions; an amazing achievement.

KES Sailing season begins

The 2017 KES sailing season got underway at the weekend with pupils taking advantage of the nice weather. Stroud and KES pupils sailed on Saturday and Sunday with staff taking part on paddle boards.

A medal for rowing!

Congratulations to Sixth Form student, Charley Wedderburn, who rowed in the Flemish Junior International Rowing Championships in Belgium at the weekend winning the J18 double sculls event. 

First Year inter form athletics event

On Friday the third annual First Year inter form athletics competition took place at Southampton Sports Centre. With each form member competing in at least one event, the afternoon was a busy one and resulted in a close run contest, with two forms neck and neck throughout. The eventual winners, by just 6 points, were 1/5.  Well done!

Badminton victory

Congratulations to Michael Pang who competed at the Badminton English National Junior Championships at the beginning of this month in the U13 age group. Michael won a Silver medal in the boys' singles event and a Bronze medal in the boys' doubles.

KES beats Poole Grammar

The school history was somewhat re-enacted this week as two football teams from King Edward's travelled to Poole Grammar School to play their squads. The results were favourable for KES with a 1st team win 6-2 and a 2nd team win 5-4.  During the war years, King Edward's was evacuated to Poole Grammar School where a number of similar matches would have taken place.

Spring concert at Turner Sims

The second of the term’s spring concerts took place at Turner Sims, acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the country, on 15th March. The event featured the School’s senior musicians in the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band and Chamber Choir. There were a number of outstanding group and solo performances, once again highlighting the depth and breadth of music in the School. The musicians performed to a full house with their customary energy, poise and professionalism.

KES win County Football Cup

Congratulations to the KES 1st XI football team who earned a hard-fought victory in the Hampshire Colleges League Cup this week when they beat Fareham College (5-2) to take the county cup title. Tom Smart and Sam Woodcock scored two goals each with Fareham also scoring an own goal.  Well done to all those who played.

KES host Prep School Hockey Festival

On Wednesday the School was delighted to welcome Stroud School, Walhampton, Dumpton, WestHill Park and Salisbury Cathedral School to join our own U13 and U12 teams in the annual Prep School Hockey Festival now in its third year. The players were impressive in the quality of their hockey, their competitive spirit and their sportsmanship and all enjoyed the afternoon in spite of the solid rain that fell all afternoon. Particular congratulations to Dumpton and Chafyn Grove for winning their groups to reach the final and to Chafyn Grove who finished as the winners of the tournament.

KES netballers play tournament

On 6th March The School entered two teams into the Churcher's Invitational Netball Tournament. Both the U13 and U12 sides competed against PGS, Churcher's A and B, Alton, Portsmouth High School and the Royal School. The tournament was competitive and the girls played some superb netball. The KES U12 A team improved as the tournament progressed and finished in 3rd place whilst the U13 A team played some outstanding netball missing out on 1st place by only one goal. Well done to all those girls who took part.

U16 boys reach regional semi finals

Having qualified for the regional heats by finishing in 2nd place in the county tournament, the U16 boys’ hockey side put in an impressive performance over the course of the day on Tuesday this week. They beat Kent College 3-0 and then St Bede’s school 6-0, before a group decider against Cranleigh School. This game ebbed and flowed but the final result of 2-2 meant that the KES team won the group by virtue of a superior goal difference. This earns them a regional semi-final at home against Langley Park School from Beckenham, Kent. Well done boys!

Netball training day

On Wednesday 15th February twenty of the School's senior netballers travelled to Stroud to lead a training afternoon for Stroud's Year 5,6,7 and 8 girls. The KES pupils planned and delivered three sessions including, shooting, passing and moving and game play. It was a great afternoon with lots of laughter, fun and good netball being played.

U16s reach regional rounds of the County Cup

Congratulations to the boys' U16 hockey side who faced Kings' School and PGS in the County Cup last week. They gained a comfortable win over Kings' but, unfortunately, lost their game against PGS.  However, they still finished in 2nd place and qualified for the regional rounds due to take place after half-term.

Inaugural Sports Award day at KES

Today has been the selection day to choose the first cohort of KES Sports Award holders. Members of the Sports Department spent the morning with the pupils putting them firstly through some fitness tests and secondly assessing their sporting ability. 

KES reach National Super 6 Finals

The U16 boys' hockey team played in the National Indoor Super 6 hockey finals this weekend. They squad played well but unfortunately lost three and drew one of their matches taking them out of the competition.  However they should be proud of having reached the finals and to be placed in the top 10 in the country; a fantastic achievement.

KES fields girls' rugby team

On 13th December the School fielded its first ever girls' rugby team in a match against Park House School at Newbury Rugby Club.  Whilst the score line did not go the girls' way, a great deal of fun was had by all.

Boys reach national finals

On Sunday the U16 boys’ indoor hockey team travelled to Canterbury for the regional finals. The team recovered from 2-0 down against Reeds to draw their first game and then went from strength to strength as they beat St George’s, Abingdon, and Seaford to reach the semi-final. Here they were against Cranleigh but a 5-3 victory took them into the final against Whitgift School. Unfortunately they lost this 4-3 but having reached the final not only did they finish 2nd in the south of England they also qualified for the national finals to be held in London in January.

Cross country wins

Over twenty First and Second Year runners take part in a cross-country event hosted by Stroud School at the weekend.  The team did really well with Ollie Herbert, William Armstrong and Ollie Lander finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the First Year boys' race and Evie Brighton wining the First Year girls' race. Felix Clacy and Aaron Henderson finished in 1st and 2nd in the Second Year boys' race and Iona Morley and Ida Goodridge finished 1st and 2nd in the Second Year girls' race.  A fantastic set of results from both year groups.

KES selected to be England Hockey Performance Centre

The School is delighted to announce that King Edward’s has been selected to host a performance centre for England hockey commencing in January 2017. This centre represents the regional level of the performance pathway and is aimed at developing outstanding players aged 14-17 who have the ability and ambition to challenge for national selection. The coaching programme will deliver frequent high quality coaching and challenge the players through ‘best v best’ competition.

This appointment as a host performance centre recognises the outstanding quality of facilities available at Wellington Sports Ground and reinforces the excellent reputation of hockey at King Edward’s both within the local community and beyond. Six current KES students (Harry Croft-Baker, Euan Etheridge, Rory Penrose, Stella Bendoni, Tom Croft-Baker and James Harden) have been selected to attend the centre.

Skydiving success

Alabama Shanker has continued her success in her chosen sport of skydiving.  Since summer she has competed in the Armed Forces Parachute Championships in the Freestyle category wining Gold, has taken part in the National Championships in an 8-way Formation skydiving team in which she won Bronze and participated in the UK Head-down record team flying with forty other people. Last week she also competed, along with her team mate, in the Southern Speed rounds.  The girls finished 5th out of eight teams and are currently planning for next year's competitions.  Well done Alabama!

Inter Schools' Cross Country Competition

This year KES entered six teams in the County Inter Schools' Cross Country Competition. All runners worked hard but particular congratulations go to Lizzie Beardsall who finished 10th in the Third Year race, to the First Year boys' team who came third overall in their competition and to Ben Brown of the First Year who ran impressively to win his race and take the county title.

Boys reach regional finals

On Friday evening the U16 boys' indoor hockey side competed in their regional heats that were held in the Sports Hall at KES. They played well to beat Cranleigh 4-1, Eltham College 7-2 and John Hampden Grammar School 7-2. As a result of this success they won the regional heat and go through to the regional finals to be held in Canterbury next weekend. We wish them the best of luck!

Three county wins for KES

Last week saw the School claim three county wins in just one week.

On Tuesday the boys' U14 rugby side competed in the County 10's Tournament. With good group wins over St John's, Westgate and Salesian they beat Perins in the semi-final 21-7 to earn a final against PGS. Their good form continued as they won the match 14-7 to take the title.

In girls' hockey the U16 and U18 County Championships took place. In the U16 competition KES drew 1-1 with PGS and beat HCS, Lord Wandsworth, the Kings' School, and Farnborough Hills to finish as county champions. Later in the week the 1st XI drew with Churcher's and beat Ryde School, HCS, Peter Symonds and PGS to also take the crown  Both teams now qualify for the South regional round later this term.

Hampshire Schools' Relay Gala

On Sunday, King Edward's athletes entered the Hampshire Schools' Relay Gala with boys' and girls' teams including swimmers from First to Fourth years. The junior boys secured Silver medals in both the freestyle and medley relays and the junior girls made both finals and secured a Bronze medal in the medley relay.  Well done to all those pupils who took part.

Rio Olympic gold medallist at KES

On 14th September the School was delighted to host a Prep Schools Hockey Day at our Wellington Sports Ground. The MT13 coaching company, run by ex-England hockey player Matt Taylor, provided a morning of instruction and coaching and we had a festival of matches in the afternoon.

However, the highlight of the day was the presence of Hollie Webb, GB Olympian back fresh from Rio with her GOLD MEDAL! She signed photos, sticks, balls, and had some great advice - it was an inspiration to have her there.

Thank you to prep schools Stroud, Walhampton, Chafyn Grove, West Hill Park and Durlston Court for bringing pupils and staff with such enthusiasm and skill.

1st XI girls off to a flying start

A young and newly formed girls' 1st XI hockey side travelled to Sherborne to continue their pre-season work and compete in the tournament hosted by Sherborne Girls’ School. It was clear very early on that the standard was high and the girls had to work hard to get results – perfect preparation their forthcoming block fixtures. Both coaches were impressed by how quickly the girls settled to the task at hand, and standards improved with every game they played.

Results were close in all games:

KES V Wellington School (KES Won 2-1)
KES V King’s Taunton (0-0 Draw)
KES V Sherborne Girls’ School (KES Won 2-1)
KES V Exeter School (0-0)

U13 boys' cup win

The U13 boy's cricket team took on Yateley Manor, last year’s finalists, in this year's U13 county cup. KES batted first and a solid foundation of the innings was again built on by Nick Damley-Jones and Charlie Harden with an opening stand of 60 runs. KES finished on 112 from their 25 overs, Damley-Jones finishing on 33. 'Man of the Match' bowling from Rory Holm (4 for 9 off 5 overs) put KES in a strong position and he was ably supported by Tom Henley who went 4 for 1 off 5 overs. KES went on to win the U13 Hampshire Cup by 37 runs; a great finish to a good season for them.  Well done boys.

Lake win Allen Grant Trophy

After 50 events, starting back in September and finishing this week with the declaration of the results for the Swimming Gala and the Lower School Merits, and with many energetically contested events in between, the Allen Grant Shield table is now complete.

The runner up in Lower School Cup, with 104 points, is WATTS. The winner, with 138 points, is LAKE. The runner up in Upper School Cup, with 33 points, is LAKE. The winner, with 36 points, is LAWRENCE

The overall results are as follows:

Competing in France

Last weekend, Miss Yerbury competed for Team GB in the  ETU (European) Aquathlon Championships in Chateauroux, France. The competition consisted of a 1k swim and a 5k run and as the water temperature was 24.5 degrees it was declared a non wetsuit swim.  She finished in an amazing 5th place.

Itchenor Schools' Competition

Well done to Archie Stokes and Hamish Morley who entered the Itchenor Schools' Sailing competition this week. They finished 22nd out of 105 boats - a really good result especially as this was the first time they had sailed together.

Sports Day 2016

Friday was the annual KES Sports Day which went very well, in spite of the uncertain weather conditions towards the end!  This year, the guest of honour to award prizes was Mr Fitzpatrick on his 45th and last Sports Day before he retires.  This is certainly one sports day record that is unlikely to be broken.

KES cricket teams reach county finals

On  23nd June, the KES U12 cricketers beat Salesian College by 9 wickets to reach the U12 county cup final. This means that all age groups of the KES cricket teams have reached their respective county cup finals; an excellent performance!

Parents and First Year pupils' rounders tournament

On Friday 10th of June, thirty First Years and their parents competed in a rounders tournament at Wellington sports ground and, while the sky was a little grey, the rain held off enough for four teams to play against each other in a round robin tournament. The 20 minute matches were hotly contested: most First Years were on the opposite side to their parents, making for much amusement among families! Student player of the tournament was Sophie Khan and parent player of the tournament was Mr Bassi. The winning team was captained by Aaron Henderson.

Sailing success

Congratulations to Henry Beardsall who has achieved a place on the Royal Yachting Association UK Junior Sailing Squad. 

Henry’s selection for this squad recognises his potential to progress within the British Youth Sailing Team, with the aim of winning selection for one of the UK Youth Squads or beyond in to the Olympic Development programmes. Henry has been selected on the basis of his performance and commitment to a programme of training and competition over a period of several years and this establishes his status as a UK Squad sailor who the RYA hope will represent Great Britain at major international events in the forthcoming years.

U13s reach finals of National Hockey Championships

Last Thursday and Friday the U13 boys' hockey team travelled to Nottingham for the National Hockey Finals having qualified 2nd in the south. This was a big challenge for the boys and they will have learnt a lot about themselves and their hockey over the course of the tournament.

They were unlucky to suffer a 3-1 defeat against Harrogate Grammar School in the first game and in the second game they lost 4-0 to eventual finalists Dean Close, although again the score line was not a fair reflection of the game. They played Ratcliffe College from Nottingham next and started to show what they were capable of. The game finished as a 2-2 draw but they were ahead for much of the game and gained much confidence which they took into the final group game. They completed the group games with a 2-0 victory over Felsted Prep school to finish 4th in the group and move into a play off for 7th and 8th place.

Hockey tour to Holland

During the Easter break, the boys' 1st XI hockey team travelled to The Hague in Holland to take part in the 20th JIPHT tournament.  The tournament attracts teams from around the world and, this year, welcomed over thirty boys' and girls' teams from a variety of countries.

The KES side played teams from Holland, Poland and Scotland to progress to the play-offs for 3rd and 4th place.  In this match they again faced the Dutch side to whom they had lost in the pool rounds but, after a number of brilliant saves from goalkeeper James Thomson and three goals from Louis Kolliari the team secured a victory 5-2 finishing in 3rd place.  They also received the 'fair play' prize for the tournament.

KES host U13s hockey tournament

Five schools participated in the second King Edward's Boys' U13 7-a-side hockey tournament on a cold challenging day at Wellington on 9th March. The boys confronted the conditions full on, to display a super range of skills, good structure and sound basics in a competition of high quality hockey.

Dumpton from Wimborne played some neat passing hockey while IAPS finalists, Chaffyn Grove, Westhill Park and Stroud School, all played with plenty of good movement off the ball. However, the KES team played very consistently to win the tournament, with Chaffyn taking the runners-off spot.

U13s reach national finals

As a result of finishing as runners-up in the south, the U13 boys' hockey team have reached the national finals to take place in May. After an indifferent start to the day, they qualified for the main competition by virtue of goal difference but then went from strength to strength. In the quarter-final they beat Eagle House 5-1, were victorious over Reeds School in the semi-final 2-0, and then faced Whitgift in the final. This was a close encounter but it was eventually won by Whitgift with the only goal of the match. Congratulations to all involved with the squad on this achievement, and good luck in the finals.

Olympic trials qualifier

Congratulations to Kieran Allsop who achieved a personal best at his most recent swimming meet and furthermore qualified for the Olympic trials which will take place in Glasgow in April. This is an amazing achievement; well done Kieran.

U13 girls qualify for regionals

The U13 girls' hockey team beat Hampshire Collegiate School, Robert Mays School, and Durlston Court to finish top of their group in the county stage of the National Cup. A play-off followed against Farnborough Hills which KES won 2-0. As a result, the KES team qualify for the regional round after Christmas. Well done girls!

Sailing success

Congratulations to Henry and Lizzie Beardsall who have again achieved notable sailing success.

Henry has been selected for the Laser 4.7 National Squad and Lizzie has been selected for the Optimist National Squad based on their rankings after the final selection event.  Lizzie also won the ACE Boats Shield for being the highest placed junior girl at the Optimist End of Seasons Championships.

Well done to both of them.

U14s are Rugby 10s Champions

With wins over Romsey School and Salesian the KES team scored a remarkable 71 points in two group games to finish top of the pool. In the semi-final they had a rematch with Salesian which they won 12-5 and so they reached the final against Churcher's College. In a tough match Churcher's took the lead twice but KES hung on and scored 2 tries late on to win 24-10 to become County 10s champions. Well done to all the boys involved.

Netballers play county rounds

The KES U14 and U16 netball teams played the county rounds of the national cup this weekend. In the U16 age group the team played nine matches and did well to win seven of them. A defeat to PGS and a draw against Thornden meant they finished level on points with Thornden. With only two teams qualifying for the regional rounds, average goals per game was used to decide who would progress. Second place went to Thornden by an agonising 0.1 of a goal and so our team finish 3rd in the county.

The U14 team also played nine games and they managed to win eight of these with particularly pleasing results over PGS 7-6 and Perins, by the same score line. A surprise defeat to Bedales meant that they finished level with PGS but on goals scored came 2nd. This means that they have qualified for the regional stages.

KES staff test their limits

Several members of the KES staff have been competing in tough competitions over the weekend.

Miss Yerbury travelled to Chicago where she took place in the World Aquathlon Championships finishing in 9th position.  She also competed in the Triathlon World Championships achieving a career best performance and finishing 17th (out of 92).

Mr Miller travelled north to compete in a double Iron Man competition. He finished the event in 39hrs and 20mins coming home in an incredible 7th place. So far he has raised £1250 for Naomi House.

Kings' South Coast Rugby Tournament

On the first Sunday of the autumn term the sun shone on the 12th South Coast Kings' Rugby Tournament. This encouraged the teams to play expansive rugby in excellent conditions; a challenge they all rose to. In the U15 tournament Dean Close School from Cheltenham met Hampton School in the trophy final. The former battled their way to a 10-7 victory to take the trophy to Gloucestershire. In the shield final, a strong Halliford side beat KES.

Hampton School reached the final in the U18 tournament as well, and this time they emerged victorious beating Whitchurch High School from Cardiff. KES reached the final of the shield and in this they managed to overcome Downside School. It was the first time the host team had won a trophy at this festival for some years and the home crowd were suitably delighted.