The Cricketer magazine has published its Schools Guide 2021, featuring the top 100 senior, 50 prep/junior and, for the first time, 20 all-girls schools for cricket.
A record number of schools submitted entries, and all were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
The Cricketer worked with former England star Lydia Greenway to select the inaugural top 20 all-girls schools.
The Cricketer 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.”
Highfield and Brookham Schools came out as the top prep school for cricket in Hampshire. At the end of the last academic year, all pupils returned to school for the last two weeks of the summer term and spent the afternoons playing cricket.
As there were no formal external fixtures, the children had the opportunity to play in mixed boys’ and girls’ teams for the first time. The schools are now looking to build on mixed cricket this coming season and will look for external fixtures that will facilitate this.
Bishop’s Stortford College has not only been named as one of the top 100 senior schools, but the prep school (pictured above) have also made it into the top 50 prep schools for the first time.
Similarly, Brentwood Preparatory School has joined the top 50 prep schools for the first time, whilst Brentwood Senior School has made the list once more.
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