Qualified teams confirmed for 2023 National Schools Finals

The 54 teams for this year’s National Schools Finals, in association with the British Army, have been confirmed. 

46 schools are represented across the three age categories with the U16s and U19s in action on Saturday 11 March and the U14s set to compete on Sunday 12 March at Oundle School in Northamptonshire. 

Around 1,500 schools take part in the National Schools Competition each year, starting with the County Rounds before Christmas.

Teams then progress to the Regional Schools Finals with the top two sides from each age category from each region qualifying for the finals weekend. 

The National Schools Finals format firstly sees the U14s, U16s and U19s each split into two sections for a round-robin across 18 rounds of action. 

The best four teams (top two in each section) from each age group will then compete in semi-finals followed by third-place play-offs and finals before the presentations. 

For the first time this year, more competitive games are being added to the schedule with the introduction of a National Schools Cup in each age group.  

The Cup will see for the teams who finish in third and fourth place in their respective sections go head-to-head in semi-finals before a third-place play-off and final. 

Amongst the qualified teams, U14 reigning champions Putney High School (London & South East) are back to defend their crown along with Withington (North West) who finished third in the 2022 edition. 

In the U16 competition, Cheadle Hulme (North West), who previously picked up the award for the best defensive average, will be out to lift the trophy once again. 

Meanwhile in the U19 category, Millfield School (South West) will be hoping to go one better than their runners-up medal from 2022, especially in the absence of previous winners Blue Coat. Wrekin College (West Midlands), who came third last time out, also return with their eyes on the prize. 

Hurstpierpoint are the only team to have a team qualify for all three age groups in this year’s final. 

Section A
School Region
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School East Midlands
Walthamstow Hall School London & South East
Yarm School North East
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School North West
St Swithuns South
Millfield School South West
Bromsgrove School West Midlands
Ashville College Yorkshire & Humberside
St Albans High School for Girls East
Section B
School Region
Repton School East Midlands
Putney High School London & South East
RGS Newcastle North East
Withington North West
Hurstpierpoint South
Taunton School South West
King’s School, Worcester West Midlands
Bradford Grammar School Yorkshire & Humberside
St Clere’s East
Section C
School Region
Stamford High School East Midlands
St Catherine’s School London & South East
Yarm School North East
Cheadle Hulme School North West
Hurstpierpoint South
Torquay Girls’ Grammar School South West
Bromsgrove School West Midlands
Wakefield Girls High School Yorkshire & Humberside
Brentwood School East
Section D
School Region
Sponne School East Midlands
Notting Hill & Ealing High School London & South East
RGS Newcastle North East
North Chadderton North West
The Marist South
Redmaids’ High School South West
Solihull School West Midlands
Woodhouse Grove School Yorkshire & Humberside
Presdales School East
Section E
School Region
Rushcliffe Spencer Academy East Midlands
Trinity School London & South East
Durham High School for Girls North East
Cheadle Hulme School North West
Wellington South
Hartpury College South West
Wrekin College West Midlands
Woodhouse Grove School Yorkshire & Humberside
Berkhamsted East
Section F
School Region
Oakham School East Midlands
Sevenoaks School London & South East
Durham Johnston North East
Wirral Grammar School for Girls North West
Hurstpierpoint South
Millfield School South West
Stratford Girls’ Grammar School West Midlands
The Grammar School at Leeds Yorkshire & Humberside
Stephen Perse School East

The British Army, who are principal partners of the event, and DYNAMIK Sports Flooring will be in attendance over the weekend to support and engage with all the teams. 

For more information on this year’s National Schools Finals including the upcoming fixtures, click here.

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