08 May 2019
Uppingham Sport Summer Term Week Two

Research commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) here suggests that taking part in competitive team games in the run up to GCSE and A level exams will have no negative effects on a pupil’s grades. For those of you who are interested I have added a news item to our sports website outlining the many benefits of taking part in Physical Activity During Exams. We will be continuing to run a full sport programme during exams so that our pupils have the opportunity to challenge themselves, get regular physical activity and play with their friends.


At the start of the week our senior girls’ and boys’ teams took on Oundle School, losing out by three or four wickets in each fixture. On Saturday we had a block fixture against Trent College; our U14Cs played in the match of the weekend with Mulex Kanokwuttipong hitting 62 runs in only his second ever cricket match and Aiden Hodgson chipping in with 23 not out to help us finish on

157-2. Our bowlers then limited Trent to just 70 runs in their 20 overs with Aiden Hodgson and John Hardy bagging a brace of wickets each. In our 2nd XI William Staveley scored a half century and in our 3rd XI Ed Haselden and Jack Pearson both took three wickets before a Jack Pearson half century, 30 from George Jones and 20 from Charles Wood secured victory. Freddie Read (40) and Louis Sheffield (41) both batted well for our U15As and in our U14As Henry Hargreaves scored 44 and Henry Peppiatt took two wickets.

Since the start of the year we have guaranteed that every pupil will play at least half a game when selected to play for Uppingham. This is more difficult to manage in cricket but at U14 and U15 level we would like to ensure that all our girls and boys contribute in each game by giving every player the opportunity to bowl at least two overs per game or bat for a significant period of time. We want to ensure that all our players enjoy their cricketing experience; it is unlikely they will continue to play cricket in the future if we do not give them the opportunity to contribute. The captain will need to think about who bowls when and adjust strategy accordingly, another great skill for young cricketers to learn. I am confident that this will ensure that more pupils continue to play cricket as well as developing their game, so that when they play in close matches in the future they will have the skill set to manage the situation.


Our golfers played in an exciting quadrangular match on Saturday finishing second against Oundle, Stamford and Oakham Schools.


Our athletes competed against seven other schools at Bromsgrove School on Saturday; we are still waiting for the full set of results but there were a number of outstanding individual performances. There were six new school records set by our Fourth Form girls: 100m – (12.6secs), High Jump – (1.45m), Long Jump – (4.88m) all from Kelly Smit. 300m – Alice Winter (48.2secs - Bridget Duff also broke the old record) and Javelin – Natasha Lewis (28.94m).


It was inclement for our fixture down in Suffolk with hail and gale force winds. We were not able to complete many races but our Fevas won their race.


This weekend our senior girls travelled to Oakham School and it was a pleasure to watch so many of them practising what we have been working on in lessons. Our girls have become far more consistent and our net players can now sense the opportunity to finish a volley earlier. In addition, we have had several examples where we have identified a change in the momentum during the match and taken advantage of this. Meg Sellers, Sophie Burnett, Suzanna and Annabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken were on outstanding form for our 1st team, with Hannah Cowie and Flora White performing well for our 2nd team.


Congratulations to Physical Education teacher Hannah Joseph’s Loughborough Lightening team who secured fourth place in the Superleague on Saturday evening with a win against the Celtic Dragons, to qualify for the semi-finals. They will now take on reigning champions Wasps on Saturday at Warwick University.

All our results and fixtures can be found on our sports website and regular updates on my Twitter page