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JHGS enter the top sporting state schools of 2018.

Posted on December 5th 2018

Each year, state schools are ranked by ‘School Sports Magazine’ by the amount of sporting success they have had that year. The quarterly magazine that rounds up all school sport says ‘The ranking reflects competitive achievement in a range of sports throughout the year and honours those schools that take competition especially seriously. Based on 19 different sports and more than 120 national competitions, more weighting is given to success in a range of sports rather than single sports.’

Offering a broad range of sports to our students is a belief that is firmly held here at JHGS, both through our elite squad sports and our ‘Sports Club’ programme. ‘Reaching the top 30 of the state schools list puts you in the top 1% in the country’ and we are very pleased to report that we have reached 16th place in the 2018 edition.

In previous years we have placed as follows: 2017 - 34th; 2016 - outside the top 100; 2015 - outside the top 100; 2014 - 36th; and 2013 - outside the top 100. "I would like to say well done to all involved, but in particular to the staff who give so much time to the pupils and teams that they coach week in and week out" (Mr Bradley). 


We enter the County Cup and English Schools FA Cup. In recent years we tend to view a successful season as getting two teams into the semi-final stages of the county with one going on to lift the cup. In the ESFA getting one team to the last 64 (round 5) is significant; over 1000 schools enter this each year.


The 1st XV team have had a good run in the National Vase. Last year reaching the Quarter Final and this year missing out on this stage after a defeat in round 4 to an excellent team from Oratory School. Year 10 were edged out of the competition in a thrilling match vs Chesham Grammar School this week losing 12-15 in round 3.


Our ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams continue to compete within their local leagues and are positioned well to move into the Regional competitions. The ‘A’ teams will compete in the Cup rounds and the ‘B’ teams in the Plate.


The Junior and Senior swimming teams represented JHGS at the National Finals recently. Having progressed through the regional rounds. The seniors missed out by one place on qualifying for the grand final.

Cross Country

The intermediate (yr9/10) team will represent the school at the National Final in two weeks’ time. Having progressed through county and regional rounds. Sam in Year 7 finished first of all the year 7s at last week’s Knole run in Sevenoaks. (over 300 competitors)


The junior team (y7/8) won the Regional Round in September. There is no further progression possible at this age.

Indoor Hockey

The u14 team reached the semi-final of the Whitgift invitational tournament last week. The senior squad progressed from the preliminary rounds to the Regional Pool stages this week.

Table Tennis

The u13 and u16 team played in the county finals on Monday. The U13s won the team tournament and progress to the zonal finals. The u16s came in 3rd place. In the individual competition Will S in year 8 won the u13 competition, playing Rudii R (of JHGS) in the final. Will F in the u16s made the final but lost 2-3.


The u13 and u15 teams both won the District rounds. Both teams will play in the County Finals after Christmas.