“There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation"
The Cricketer has published its Schools Guide 2021, featuring the top 100 senior, the top 50 prep/junior, and for the first time, the top 20 all-girls schools in a bumper 148-page supplement.
It follows an exhaustive process which saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide, despite the ongoing pandemic. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
The Cricketer gathered entries and compiled the leading lists, working alongside former England star Lydia Greenway to select the inaugural top 20 all-girls schools.
The full list can be seen below.
The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said: “This year’s Schools Guide is particularly important in showcasing our schools who have kept the game alive through a very challenging summer. Whether it has been remote video sessions, drills in the garden or even Zoom quizzes, schools cricket has emerged resolutely from this pandemic and the appetite to get back out on the playing fields is palpable.
“There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation.
“Congratulations to all of the schools included and we look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”
The 148-page guide is bumper-packed with the December issue of The Cricketer (available on the newsstand from November 27). As well as appearing in print alongside the world’s No.1 cricket magazine, the guide will also be made available online from Tuesday December 15.
The Cricketer has remained dedicated to championing the schools game, through regular interviews and features in print and online, and match reports of fixtures once they resumed in September. Producing all this content, as well as 148-page guide demands significant investment and resources from The Cricketer, and to that end we are eternally grateful to our friends at Durant Cricket for supporting our coverage.
Cristian Durant, managing director of Durant Cricket, commented: “Durant Cricket are one of the country’s leading suppliers of cricket ground equipment to cricket clubs, professional counties and schools across the country, and have enjoyed a long and distinguished relationship with The Cricketer and are proud to support the magazine’s fantastic coverage of school cricket.
“We would like to congratulate all of the schools who are featured in this prestigious guide. From everybody involved in our game we thank all schools for their dedication to keeping the game alive in the most difficult of circumstances this year. This commitment has ensured our game will bounce back stronger than ever next summer.”
The Cricketer would like to thank Durant Cricket for thier ongoing support of our schools cricket coverage. For more on Durant Cricket, including booking a site visit, please click here
Top 100 senior schools
Abingdon School; Ashford School; Bede’s School; Bedford School; Berkhamsted School; Birkenhead School; Bishop’s Stortford College; Blundell’s School; Bradfield College; Brentwood School; Brighton Aldridge Community Academy; Brighton College; Bromsgrove School; Burford School; Caterham School; Charterhouse; Cheltenham College; Clayesmore School; Clifton College; Cranleigh School; Dollar Academy; Dulwich College; Dunottar School; Durham School; Eastbourne College; Elizabeth College, Guernsey; Ellesmere College; Emanuel School; Epsom College; Eton College; Felsted School; Fettes College; Forest School; Framlingham College; Gresham’s School; Haileybury; Harrow School; Huddersfield New College; Hurstpierpoint College; Kimbolton School; King’s College School, Wimbledon; King’s College, Taunton; Lancaster Royal Grammar School; Lancing College; Lord Wandsworth College; Malvern College; Marlborough College; Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood; Millfield School; Monmouth School for Boys; Myerscough College; New Hall School; Newcastle-under-Lyme School; Oakham School; Oundle School; Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall; Radley College; Reed’s School; Reigate Grammar School; Repton School; Royal Grammar School, Guildford; Rugby School; Sedbergh School; Sevenoaks School; Shenfield High School; Shrewsbury School; Simon Langton Grammar School; South Dartmoor Community College; South Gloucestershire and Stroud College; St Edward’s School, Oxford; St Joseph’s College, Ipswich; St Lawrence College; St Peter’s School, York; Stamford School; Stowe School; Taunton School; The Bishop’s Stortford High School; The Canterbury Academy; The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School; The John Lyon School; The Judd School; The King’s School, Worcester; The Leys; The Manchester Grammar School; The Oratory School; The Portsmouth Grammar School; The Skinners’ School; Tiffin School; Tonbridge School; Trent College; Warwick School; Watford Grammar School for Boys; Wellington College; Wellington School; Whitgift School; William Perkin High School; Winchester College; Woodhouse Grove School; Worksop College; Worth School
Top 20 all-girls schools
Benenden School; Chelmsford County High School for Girls; Denmark Road High School for Girls, Gloucester; Didcot Girls’ School; Guildford High School; Lady Eleanor Holles School; Loughborough High School; Mayfield School; Old Palace of John Whitgift School; Queenswood; Roedean School; St Catherine’s, Bramley; St Helen and St Katharine; St Swithun’s School, Winchester; Stamford High School; Surbiton High School; The Godolphin & Latymer School; The Stephen Perse Foundation; Wallington High School for Girls; Wimbledon High School
Top 50 prep/junior schools
Abingdon Preparatory School; Aysgarth School; Beaudesert Park School; Bedford Preparatory School; Bilton Grange; Birkenhead Prep School; Bishop’s Stortford College Prep; Brentwood Prep; Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School; Bromsgrove Preparatory School; Caldicott School; Cargilfield School; Cheltenham College Prep School; Clayesmore Prep; Cothill House; Cranmore School; Cricklade Manor; Cumnor House School for Boys; Downsend School; Dragon School; Eagle House; Elstree School; Fettes College Prep; Great Walstead School; Gresham’s Prep School; Highfield and Brookham Schools; Hurstpierpoint College Prep School; King’s Hall School; Lambrook; Ludgrove; Merchant Taylors’ Prep; Millfield Prep; Moulsford; Nottingham Academy Primary; Orley Farm School; Packwood Haugh; Prestfelde Prep School; Repton Prep; Rokeby School; Sedbergh Prep School; Shrewbury House; Spratton Hall; St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne; St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne; St Faith’s; St Peter’s, York 8-13; Taunton Preparatory School; The New Beacon; Wellington School Prep; Westbrook Hay Prep School
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