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St Peter's 13-18

15-16 season

4 August 2016

National Rowing Championships

National Rowing Championships

St Peter’s had a very successful campaign at the National Rowing Championships. Sophie and Katarina raced in a double scull and Katarina in a single as well, a tall order to race in two events against the country’s best.

First away was Katarina in her single scull. Against 32 other scullers and into a very strong headwind she made eleventh place putting her straight into the top semi-finals on the following day. Only a few hours later she and Sophie Haslam were in action in their double scull. The headwind had become a lot stronger and the course was very rough. Even though they had had few outings together they sculled really well together in the difficult conditions and made ninth place out of 31 crews, again putting them into the top semi-finals.

National Rowing Championships

The second day was always going be difficult, with the top 12 crews nationally in each category and particularly for Katarina who had four races to row, with two of them very close together. The single sculls semi-finals were hotly contested and Katarina ended in fifth place after a really good race. Within an hour she was back in action with Sophie in the double and again after a great race they finished in fifth place.

The two ‘B’ finals at least had a few hours’ separation which allowed a little rest. The single scull was first where Katarina sculled a very shrewd race. Aware that the conditions were slow and this was her third 2000 metre race of the day, she set off well and stayed with the other girls until half way. From there she mounted a series of bursts, gradually edging ahead and ended in an excellent third place, within five seconds of the winner.

Rowing season comes to a close

After a couple of hours’ rest the girls faced their last race of the day. The double set off at a strong and sustainable pace. At half way they were fifth, a good six seconds behind third place. However, a superb sprint for the last two minutes of the race saw them end in fourth place, just a few feet behind the third placed crew. For a crew that had only had two practice outings this was a great achievement, better than either rower had expected and a great comment on their fitness, determination and ability to row together at very short notice.

Both these results are great achievements when set against the context of the country’s best. These girls have worked hard all year and their squad has set new standards for St Peter’s J16 girls this year. This was an outstanding and well-deserved end to their season.

4 July 2016

Cricket v Denstone

1st XI won by 136 runs
U15A lost by 2 runs
U15B Denstone 142-8 St Peter's 91-1 (abandoned)
U14A won by 46 runs
U14B STP 123-8 Denstone 80-8 (abandoned)

1 July 2016

Peterborough Junior Championships

Peterborough Junior Championships

St Peter’s junior rowers enjoyed a very successful day’s racing at the prestigious Peterborough Junior Championships last Saturday. Racing on the purpose built four-lane 1,000 metre rowing lake, there was some great racing. Most events required success in heats and semis to gain a place into the finals.

Junior 15 Girls

The Fourth Form girls, showed great determination putting out a strong performance against some experienced doubles. They narrowly missed out on the chance to race again, finishing fourth in their heat.

Crew: Ella Mclaughlin, Zosia Johnson

Junior 14 Boys

The Third Form boys came up against stiff opposition and had to dig deep in many of their races. 

The J14B coxed quads of Ethan Mckinney, Adam Dalton, Stephen Johnson and Patrick Renwick Coxed by Freddie Dorling and Toby Greenwood, Nick New, Yeelok Chan and Steven Li coxed by AJ Coates raced well but could not quite keep up with the pace of the other crews. 

Freddie Dorling and AJ Coates then swapped their coxing duties to race their double scull.  They had more success here and eventually made it through to the semi-finals to join another St Peter’s double comprising of Guy Jenkins and Joe Johnson.  Despite a valiant effort neither crew could secure a place in the final.  Unfortunately the third St Peter’s double of Andrew Liang and Max Allard felt the wrath of the race umpire after straying from their allotted lane and were disqualified.  This was a bitter blow as they were several lengths in the lead at the time. 

The Third Form boys however had saved the best until last.  Combining several boats together the Octuple of Joe Johnson, Andrew Liang, Max Allard, Adam Dalton, Stephen Johnson, Ethan Mckinney, Patrick Renwick and Nick New coxed by AJ Coates secured a well-deserved place in the final.  The final was a well contested race but it slipped away from them after the half way point and they finished in fourth place.

Peterborough Junior Championships

J15 Boys

Following on from their successful campaign in the VIII at the National Schools’ Regatta the Fourth Form boys raced in smaller boats last Saturday. By lunchtime five of their six boats had won their heats and one boat was placed second which meant all six boats qualified for the finals.

Results in finals:

Fourth places were gained by the two double sculls of Tom Hulmes/James Smith and Sam Gowland/Kieran Whyte.

Bronze medals were won by:

Elliot Millman who sculled an exceptional race in his single fighting hard all the way to the line against some top scullers.

Kieran Whyte, Tom Raper, Will Foster, Harrison Smith and Sam Gowland in a tremendous top class quad scull race.

Silver medals went to the quad scull of Pierre Herrenschmidt, Grayson Townend, Tom Hulmes, James Smith and Dan Hicks in a very close race immediately after their doubles race and

A clear gold was won by the double scull of Pierre Herrenschmidt and Grayson Townend who were dominant in the double sculls, winning their medal well ahead of the rest of the field.

Very well done to all the rowers who set a high standard of sportsmanship and racing on and off the water, and supported one another well.

28 June 2016

Girls’ Junior Tennis Festival

Junior Girls' Tennis Festival

Schools from across the north of England have travelled to St Peter’s School for the inaugural Girls’ Junior Tennis Festival.

The schools’ U14 and U15 teams consisted of three pairs playing in a round robin format. Ampleforth, Ashville, Bradford Grammar Schools, Newcastle High, RGS Newcastle, Pocklington, Sedbergh and St Peter’s were all represented at the tournament.

St Peter's tennis festival

After some close matches and excellent play, St Peter’s won the U14 competition and narrowly missed out on the double, finishing runners up to RGS Newcastle in the U15 category.

Helen Barnard, Head of Girls’ Sport at St Peter’s, said: “It was fantastic to host our first ever junior girls’ tennis festival yesterday. The standard of tennis in the round robin competition throughout the day was excellent. All 24 courts were in constant use with 96 girls competing. We’re looking forward to expanding the event next year, to maximize the opportunity for as much participation as possible.”

27 June 2016

Cricket vs Pocklington

1st XI lost by 37 runs
2nd XI lost by 67 runs
U15A won by 6 wickets
U14A won by 10 wickets 

22 June 2016

Henley Women’s Regatta

Henley Women's Regatta

The St Peter’s J16 (Fifth Form) girls’ quadruple scull opened a new chapter in St Peter’s rowing. Their squad has trained and raced hard all year in spite of the months when they were unable to get on the river because of flooding. Their event, the J16 quad sculls, had 24 entries of the very best from the UK and America. It included all the National Schools’ Regatta finalists.

Having spent the last two months revising and sitting their GCSE exams, the girls saw Henley at its most beautiful best. However, the beauty belies the extreme toughness of the racing on this magical stretch of the Thames.

With only one day’s practice on the course, their first race was a 1500 metres time trial to see which of the 24 entered could make the cut for the top eight crews to go into the quarter finals. St Peter’s has never made the quarter finals in this event.

Henley Women's Regatta 2016

Late on Friday evening, the last race of the day, nothing daunted the crew who set off at a terrific pace, off first of the 24 in their event. They steered very straight - not an easy matter on any course - and executed their best row ever. Twenty four other crews piled down the course after them at intervals of 30 seconds. There was then a long wait until the results came out. The suspense increased as results are announced in alphabetical order, so St Peter’s is way down the list. When we heard the news our delight at making the top eight was hard to suppress.

After a good night’s sleep, the crew was ready to race the first quarter final ever in this competition (even for St Peter’s) up against a very good crew from Globe Rowing Club, Greenwich, National Schools’ Regatta bronze medallists. The St Peter’s quad went off hard and held Globe for some time. Gradually the Globe crew drew ahead. Nothing daunted St Peter’s and they threw everything they had at them, sticking to the race plan. In the end we lost by around eight seconds in a very well fought contest. The girls said it was their best race of the year.

This Fifth Form girls’ squad has trained hard and improved all year. They thoroughly deserve to have made this big step up at Henley, the biggest women’s regatta.

The Crew: Jodi Smith (bow steers), Katarina Bonner (2), Lydia Theos (3), Sophie Haslam (stroke).

20 June 2016

Cricket v Hymers

The 1st XI set a target of 188 in 50 overs with Harry Contreras scoring 63. We then bowled Hymers out for 152 to secure the win.                    

1st XI won by 36 runs
2nd XI won by 10 wickets
U15A won by 80 runs
U15B won by 36 runs
U14A won by 10 wickets
U14B won by 7 wickets             

16 June 2016

Cricket v Woodhouse Grove

In an exciting 50 over match the 1st XI were unlucky to lose by just the single run.                                            

1st XI lost by 1 run
2nd XI won by 5 wickets
U15A won by 5 wickets
U15B won by 54 runs
U14A won by 101 runs

14 June 2016

U14 Girls York Junior Team Tennis Winners

U14 tennis champions

The U14 girls have finished as winners in the York Junior team tennis competition, where they have remained unbeaten throughout the season. The team have developed over recent weeks and shown great confidence and promise for their future. They clinched the title following their final fixture against Queen Margaret's which they closed out 4-2, playing singles and doubles.

Well competed and congratulations.

10 June 2016

National Schools’ Regatta

National Schools' Regatta 2016

Four St Peter’s crews raced at the National Schools’ Regatta on the Olympic rowing course at Dorney Lake on the first weekend of the holidays. With over 4000 junior rowers taking part it is the biggest competition in the country.

The Fourth Form boys’ eight was first away with a time trial over 1750 metres to decide the semi-final placings. In the time trial they were eleventh which put them in the top 21 that went on to race the semi-finals. The mix of Championship (big schools) and First (smaller schools) Eights racing together took a bit of unravelling. However, they qualified for the C final, where after a very close and tough race, they were placed in tenth position in their category. Considering the 60 water outings lost over winter, this was a very encouraging result for them and something for them to build on for next year.

The Crew: James Smith, Tom Hulmes, Tom Raper, Elliot Millman, Sam Gowland, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Kieran Whyte, Daniel Hicks

The senior boys’ quad scull had a huge entry in their event with 43 crews to race. Their time trial went well to finish in twenty-second position out of 43 crews. The crews were so close that 10 seconds covered 14 crews at this stage. Their placing put them into the D final where they ended in seventh position.

The Crew: Stanley Schofield, Rob Croft, Jack Coulthard, Jack Robins

National Schools' Regatta 2016

The Fifth Form girls’ quads set a new school record by both making their respective A (top) finals.

The second quad had a great final, racing hard all the way against a really good set of quads. A solid start and a series of really big “pushes” saw them leading the Headington 2nd crew at half way. From there they continued to push ahead and ended an excellent fifth place, not far behind some very fast crews and a first for St Peter’s.

The Crew: Jodi Smith, Martha Horner, Lucy Butters, Maddie Day.

The first quad came seventh out of 23 crews in the time trial, again with very tight time placings, which put them straight into the semi-finals. In the semi-final they were lying towards the end of the pack of crews at half way. From there their excellent fitness began to tell and they pushed right up into fourth position.

In the final they raced another intelligent race and, although last at half way, they pushed the last four minutes of the race so hard they ended in a very close sixth place, catching the crews ahead and finishing only five seconds off a bronze medal.

The Crew: Sophie Haslam, Katarina Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose.

St Peter’s has not had a girls’ J16 quad in an A final nationally before and certainly not two. All these four crews are to be congratulated on all the hard work they have put in over the whole year. 

23 May 2016

Boys' tennis

A team of Old Peterites has returned to St Peter’s School for the annual match against the boys’ tennis 1st VI.

Giles Atkinson, Ed Marsden (Captain), Adrian Hitchenor, Chris Hobson, Sam Hitchenor and Tom Hitchenor featured for the OP team – all of them play in the York & District Men’s second division and presented a tough challenge to the 1st VI who were missing Steven Jones and Sam Tsui.

In a well-fought match the Old Peterites claimed victory by seven sets to two.

19 May 2016


Football success

Fourth Form pupil Gabby has represented St Peter’s School at a four team tournament, held at Manchester United’s training ground, Carrington. He was part of the Independent Schools Football Association U15 squad. The team faced quality opposition, playing Premier League youth teams. However, they fought hard, drawing 0-0 with Manchester United, losing 5-1 to Liverpool and losing 3-0 to Aston Villa. As a result of Gabriel’s performances over the season, he has been officially invited to attend a three day tournament in August as part of the U16 national squad.

17 May 2016

Girls’ tennis

Girls' tennis

On Saturday, the teams played a full and competitive fixture against Hymers. The 1st and 2nd VI are playing now with great composure and determination, constructing points with greater experience and understanding. The results were as follows: 

1st VI won 6-3
2nd VI won 6-3
U14A Won 6-3
U15A lost 4-5

Junior tennis

On Monday evening the U14s played in the junior team tennis league against Pocklington, playing some convincing tennis:

U14A won 5-1
U14B won 6-0

Tennis at St Peter's

16 May 2016


Playing a 55 over match, the Durham team was restricted to 174-8 with Chris Wood taking five wickets for 34 runs. Unfortunately in reply, the School 1st XI was bowled out for 57.

1st XI                     Lost by 119 runs
2nd XI                   Won by 8 wickets                                            
U15A                     Lost by 1 wicket                               
U14A                     Lost by 20 runs
U14B                     Won by 1 wicket

10 May 2016

Girls' tennis

Girls' tennis

The girls' tennis teams are showing great focus now. Team training has focused on attacking play, particularly around the net, and all players are now taking approach shots and volleying with good placement and confidence. Their results are reflective of this too.

St Peter's tennis

Over the weekend we played Pocklington with the following results:

1st VI    W 6-3
2nd VI   W 6-3
U15A    W 7-2
U15B    W 8-1
U14A    W 8-1
U14B    W 9-0

Excellent play.

Girls' tennis v Pocklington

9 May 2016


Batting first the school scored 247 with Cameron Burdass, Ted Patmore and Chris Wood all scoring their 50's. In reply, Ampleforth were 125 all out - an excellent win for 1st XI and a clean sweep of wins for all our cricket teams. 

Vs Ampleforth    
1st XI won by 122 runs
2nd XI won by 5 wickets
3rd XI won by 20 runs
U15A won by 117 runs
U15B won by 7 wickets
U14A won by 118 runs
U14B won by 8 wickets 

3 May 2016

York Spring Regatta

York Spring Regatta

St Peter’s had a very successful day at York Spring Regatta in spite of the very variable weather conditions.

The Third Form squads put up very good performances in their quad sculls even though they had had such little time on the river this year.

The Fourth Form boys, racing against much older club and University opposition, showed great determination and lost narrowly in their fours and VIII. Elliot Millman won his Junior 15 single scull.

York Spring Regatta 2016

The Fifth and Sixth Form raced well, recording wins in the Men’s Intermediate double scull (Jack Coulthard, Stan Schofield) and Junior 18 mixed VIII’s (Josh Ramalingam, Tracy Yip, George Doyle, Oliver Millman, Lydia Theos, Tiffany Tuhirman, Cecilia Duan, Maddie Day, Henry Graham).

In addition, Eleanor Ingram is to be particularly congratulated on winning Novice double sculls with Pippa Simpson and, after a very tough final where she was behind at three quarters distance, Novice single sculls on the same day, a rare achievement.

2 May 2016

Girls' tennis

Girls' tennis v Ampleforth

Second pairing of Phoebe Phillips and Tara Jones played a gutsy final rubber against Ampleforth 1st pair to clinch the 1st team match against Ampleforth on Saturday. The afternoon was marred by the weather, but all the teams retained their composure to convert crucial game points at key times. The results were as follows:

Girls' tennis v Ampleforth

1st VI W 5-4
2nd VI W 7-2
3rd VI W 9-0
U15A W 6-0
U15B W 6-0
U14A W 5-1

27 April 2016


1st XI

After going unbeaten in the first half of term, the footballers took a lot of confidence into the second half of the Easter term with plenty of matches still to play. The 1st and 2nd XI travelled to GSAL in the week after half-term: the 2nds were involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw whilst the 1st XI defended heroically to keep out a very strong Leeds team and pick up a 0-0 draw. Two wins followed as the 1sts edged a 1-0 victory over RGS Newcastle with the 2nds earning a 3-1 win. The 1st XI then played some of their best football of the season to defeat Barnard Castle 6-0 whilst the 2nd XI (having lost 3-2 just a few weeks earlier), produced a remarkable turnaround to defeat Fulneck 1st XI 5-1. On 12 March we had a record 38 Sixth Formers out representing the School against Ampleforth - the 3rd XI drew 3-3, the 2nd XI won 5-1 and the 1st XI recorded a 6-2 win, which meant the 1st XI went unbeaten over the ten game season for the first time in history, a brilliant achievement.

2nd XI

3rd XI

The 1st XI finished the season with an invite to the Hull Collegiate 8-a-side competition where 1-0 victories over Bootham and Fulneck and 3-0 victories over Ampleforth and Woodhouse Grove put us in the driving seat for group qualification. However, a 1-0 loss to Hull Collegiate meant we were relying on other teams to put us through to the final. Fortunately a Bootham victory over Hull (with the St Peter's boys cheering on Bootham) meant we made it to the final, where we defeated Scarborough College 1-0 to become Hull 8s champions 2016 - a terrific way to end a terrific season.

Hull 8s champions

At the end of term, the House Football competition was played out as Clifton House staged a remarkable comeback in the final against Temple, losing 3-1 at half-time but coming back to win 4-3 to become House Football Champions 2016. The Football Awards night reflected on such an excellent season for all involved and trophies were awarded to Dan Jones (Manager's Award), Andy Hulmes (Player of the Year), Ted Patmore (Players' Player), Joel Ngana (Most Improved Player), Tom Hawksworth (1st XI Top Goalscorer) and Cameron Burdass (Goal of the Season).

All Players

25 April 2016

Girls' tennis

Girls' tennis season gets underway

The girls’ tennis season is in full swing following a junior fixture against RGS Newcastle last weekend. On Wednesday all age groups played against Worksop College and Hymers College with a set of very promising results: 

vs Worksop College
1st VI won 5-4
2nd VI won 6-0
U15A VI won 8-1
U15B VI won 8-1
U14A VI won 7-2 

vs Hymers College
U16A won 8-1
U16B won 4-2

Cricket (v Bradford Grammar)                                   

An excellent win for the 1st XI, Bradford batted first and were restricted to 187-7 in 50 overs. We then chased down the total for the loss of five wickets with Alex Liley and Cameron Burdass both scoring their half centuries.   

1st XI won by 5 wickets
2nd XI won by 3 wickets               
3rd XI won by 6 wickets (v Scarborough College)                          
U15A won by 131 runs  
U15A won by 98 runs (v Scarborough College)
U14A won by 118 runs  
U14B won by 9 wickets (v Scarborough College)

21 April 2016


The 1st XI played the Yorkshire Gents yesterday in fantastic conditions. Yorkshire Gents scored 187-7 and the school chased down the score for the loss of five wickets, winning by five wickets. Sam Lodge scored an excellent 86 - well done.

20 April 2016


Lambs' tour

Sam Hudson – current 1st XV captain - was selected for the four match tour to Argentina for the Independent Schools Lambs National team. The team played a Buenos Aires select XV, Uruguay U18s, and two club select sides. They won two and lost two in an outstanding tour. Sam was given the honour of being captain in the Uruguay match in which he gave an outstanding performance. The tour was capped with Sam being named as Coaches’ Player of the Tour – another significant achievement. Congratulations to Sam and we wish him well in his future rugby career.

Ghent Rowing Camp and International Regatta

Two bronze, a silver and a gold medal concluded the second day’s racing at Ghent International Regatta over Easter, no mean feat with nine nations and 1500 crews racing, many for national titles and national selection.

Twenty five St Peter’s rowers went on the annual senior rowing camp to Ghent, Belgium. Two days of intense training were followed by the International Regatta which combines with the Belgian National Championships. With nine countries represented the standard was, as usual, very high. Over the two days of the regatta our crews raced 2000 metres, the full international distance, between four and seven times. It was very intense racing and some of the events had huge entries e.g. the Junior 18 boys’ single sculls had 90 entries, the girls’ Junior 16 singles nearly 50.

After two days’ training the first regatta day had a cross tail wind but was dry. As the wind rose this made conditions more challenging later in the afternoon. Our best results were:

Gold medal: Men’s Under 23 quad scull (Jack Robins, Rob Croft, Stan Schofield, Jack Coulthard)

4th/12: Girls’ J16 quad scull (Sophie Haslam, Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose)

5th/6: Boys J16 coxed four (Sam Gowland, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Elliot Millman, Tom Raper, Harrison Smith)

5th/23: Girls’ J16 double scull (Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos)

30th/86: Boys J18 single scull (Jack Coulthard)

Other rowers produced very good crew and personal performances, particularly as several rowers had only started rowing in the autumn term and this was their first ever regatta.

On the second day, although tired from the first regatta day, there was a big improvement in most performances. The wind was calm in the morning but got up later to a strong and gusty head wind making conditions difficult and times slow. The fours’ and doubles’ performances stepped up relative to the Saturday races, showing that race experience overcame fatigue.

The top results were:

Gold Medal: Lightweight Men’s quad scull (Jack Robins, Henry Graham, Jack Coulthard, Stan Schofield) 

Silver Medal: Men’s U23 quad scull (Rob Croft, Zaki Ward, Ed Johnson, George Doyle)

Bronze medal: Girls’ J16 quad scull (Jodi Smith, Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose)

Bronze medal: Boys’ J16 coxed Four (James Smith, Kieran Whyte, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Elliot Millman, Grayson Townend

7th/25: Boys’ J16 single scull (Ed Johnson)

18th/27: Boys’ J16 double scull (Grayson Townend, Kieran Whyte)

Throughout the trip behaviour and discipline on and off the water, sportsmanship, enthusiasm and effort were very high - thanks go to all the coaches who supported this trip so tirelessly.

23 March 2016

Girls’ sport – end of term report


The netball season has seen a continued increase in numbers and as the participation base has grown, so have performance levels.  All teams have finished on a high, with 10 competing on Saturday against Hymers, nine of whom won. In the fixture list (excluding tournaments), we have played 96 matches across 10 teams.  Last Wednesday the senior 1st and 2nd teams played in the Queen Margaret’s invitational tournament involving the strongest teams in the North.  The 1st VII reached the semi-finals of their event, whilst the 2nd VII were outstanding, defeating Sedbergh, Queen Margaret’s, Hymers, Yarm and Silcoates to lift the 2nd team title, undefeated.

In the National Schools, the U19s and U14s won the Area tournaments, with the U16s runners up. All age groups qualified to the County and the U14s alongside the U19s, qualified for Regionals. On Thursday evening last week, the U15A and B teams both won their respective York & District tournaments.

The junior teams have had a great season also, with A, B and C teams competing in both the U14 and U15 age groups. Congratulations must go to all the girls who have trained hard and displayed a huge amount of commitment to their sport across the season.

Inter-house swimming

The inter-house swimming competition finished on Monday with three new school records: Maddie Bletcher in the 25m Free and Katarina Bonner in the 50m Back and Free. The overall winning house was Hope.

Schools’ Head of the River

Schools’ Head of the River

The Schools’ Head of the River race is an annual race held over the historic 7.5km Boat Race course. This year 380 eights and fours contested the race. They came from all over the UK, Ireland, Italy, Hungary and the USA.

On a lovely sunny day the senior boys’ quad were first off (Stan Schofield, Ollie Millman, Jack Coulthard and Jack Robins). They steered a great course on this complex river and ended in 22nd place - good considering they had illness in the crew and a late substitute.

The J16 boys’ quad followed (Zaki Ward, Alex Jefferson, Ed Johnson and Charles Barry) and held off many stronger crews for a good distance down the course ending with a great 10th place in their category.

St Peter's rowers

Soon after the J15 boys’ eight (Tom Hulmes, Isaac Watson, Grayson Townend, Tom Raper, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Sam Gowland, James Smith, Kieran Whyte, cox Daniel Hicks) steamed down the river coming past Barnes Bridge with three eights side by side. They pushed all the way to the finish, had a great and exhausting row to finish a very credible 11th in illustrious company. They beat a considerable number of crews in their own and in older age groups.

The Girls’ J16 VIII followed a further 100 places behind (Lucy Butters, Martha Horner, Jodi Smith, Maddie Day, Lydia Theos, Kat Bonner, Sophie Haslam, Amber Rose, cox Eleanor Ingram). They had some very good crews behind them and worked well to hold them off for much of the course. At the end there were four crews in line crossing the finishing line. They recorded an excellent 10th place in their category.

Finally came the senior boys’ coxed four (Peter Gray, George Doyle, Henry Graham, Josh Ramalingham and George Snell). Although they had to have a last minute substitution because of illness, they fitted together well and had a spirited race ending with a solid 11th place.

Considering the flooding on the Ouse has resulted in a very small amount of time on the river in the last 18 weeks, these results are very promising and show a great depth of spirit and determination.

22 March 2016

Boys' hockey end of term report

The school has enjoyed a hugely successful season. The First XI are unbeaten and are County and North East champions. The Under 16s reached the North finals. The Under 16Bs are unbeaten.  The Under 15s are unbeaten in schools fixtures and are County semi-finalists. The Under 14s reached the North finals, are County and North East champions, and are also unbeaten in schools fixtures.

First XI Caps are awarded to Ollie Fryer, Freddie Heijbroek, Sam Hudson and Alex Martin.

The stick is awarded to:  Will Quinn

The Mark Burn trophy for most improved player to: Sam Elliott

The Pandas cup for middle school player of the season: Ollie Hughes

The Mondial shield senior inter-house hockey: Clifton

The Hubbard cup Junior inter-house hockey:  Hope

Over one hundred and twenty players have represented the school. Thank you to all who have played, coached, and supported this season. 

19 March 2016

Netball v Hymers

1st team W 35-29
2nd team v U16a L 21-31
3rd team W 23-12
4th team W 28-15
U15A W31-22
U15B W 17-1
U15C W11-7
U14A W24-20
U14B W22-8
U14C W21-3

18 March 2016

Rosslyn Park 2016

Rosslyn Park 2016

The 1st VII and U16 VII travelled to Rosslyn Park this week to participate in the largest schoolboy rugby tournament in the UK.

The U16s performed really well winning games against Queen Elizabeth, Barnet 24-12, Brynteg 43-5, and Plymouth College 29-5. Unfortunately, they narrowly lost to Brighton College 24-17 in an exciting game. Brighton College then went on to win the tournament.

The 1st VII won their group with wins against St Peter’s Gloucester 38-7, Marlborough College 26-7, Bassaleg 26-5, and Barry 48-0. We then progressed  to the play-off game against Bradford Grammar but were beaten 24-10. This still put us into the bowl competition the following day, where the quarter finals were organised into groups of three. Feeling tired, we were still keen to progress. Two further wins followed against Carleon 24-10 and Gunnersbury 36-0. The final game to put us into the semi-finals was against St Paul’s, unfortunately, it was not to be and we went down 26-7.

A great performance from an excellent set of boys.

16 March 2016


1st VII

The 1st VII were semi-finalists at Queen Margaret's invitational tournament today, beating Barnard Castle, Worksop, Pocklington and Hymers.

2nd VII

The 2nd VII were unbeaten winners of Queen Margaret’s invitational 2nds tournament, winning against Sedbergh, Queen Margaret’s, Hymers, Yarm, Silcoates, and Pocklington. PHOTO

Girls' netball v Bradford Grammar:

3rd team W 25-12
4th team W 17-11
U15A W 34-16
U14A L 19-21

v Millthorpe

U14B W 12-9
U15B L 15-23
U15C W 19-1

14 March 2016


The 1st VII plays at Rosslyn Park on Wednesday 16 March. One of their group matches is being streamed live from the show pitch. You can watch the game live (kick off is at 3.40pm) on the following websites:

11 March 2016

Girls' swimming

Girls' swimming

The girls' swim team came 7th in Medley relay final at the Bath and Otter Cup in London today - great swim.

Bath & Otter Cup - the girls' finish 8th in the Free final - knocking five seconds off their previous best time - fabulous swimming.

9 March 2016


Women’s Eights Head

Nine St Peter’s girls raced in the Women’s Head of the River Race on Saturday, a 7.5km race over the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race course. It is the biggest women’s rowing race in the world with 320 Women’s eights, mostly seniors, from all over Europe racing.

Last year the crew, as Junior 15s, finished in 229th place. This year, in spite of the major lack of time on the water this term the crew improved dramatically on last year’s performance. Racing into a strong head wind with squalls, hail, and snow, the crew put up a great performance finishing another 53 places up the rankings in 176th place - a big step up from last year. To achieve this result with so little time on the water is a great credit to the girls.

5 March 2016


Netball v Pocklington

Netball v Pocklington:

1st team W
2nd team W
3rd team W
U15A W
U15B W
U14A W
U14B W
U14C W

Strength in depth - well done to all. 

4 March 2016


Well done to The Grove for winning the senior inter house netball after a tense final against School House today - excellent competition.

2 March 2016

Girls' swimming

There were tight finishes in the pool for the girls' swimming team against a strong mixed Bootham team. It ended 81 points to 93 – a fantastic effort.

Girls' squash

There were tremendous matches in the girls' 1st and 2nd team squash against Ampleforth boys. The overall result was 3-7 with close margins on every match.

Girls' badminton

Well done to the girls' badminton team with a competitive 1-8 win over Harrogate Ladies’ College.

28 February 2016

Trent Head Race

On the riverSix St Peter’s crews raced at Trent Head on Sunday, a race that included several outstanding British crews like Eton and Cambridge University’s Boat Race crew.

Second places went to the girls’ J16 quad scull, who were seventeenth out of 55 crews, and the senior girls’ novice quad scull, two of whom only started rowing this year - a great achievement for them.

Trent Head Race

The J15 boys’ VIII was placed an outstanding fourth out of 10 novice men’s crews with all the other crews either senior club or University crews. They ended seventh in a race of 55 crews - a very promising start to their season.

Over the longer 6km course, the senior boys’ quad scull came fourth and the senior boys’ four seventh in the senior men’s event. Also in that event, the J16 boys raced very well against top opposition, to finish tenth.

St Peter's rowers

Although tired from their first race, the girls’ VIII came a good second over the longer course, beating nine senior women’s crews and showing promise for the women’s Head Race in London this coming weekend.

25 February


The St Peter’s U14 sevens tournament was held yesterday. The team won the group and progressed to the Cup Competition, where they beat Ashville in the quarter-final but lost to RGS Newcastle in the semi-finals - a much improved performance from all.

The U15s travelled to Bradford for their U15 sevens Tournament. They also won their group then went on to beat Sedbergh 38-0 in the quarter-final and lost to Woodhouse Grove in the semi-final.

This was an excellent day of sevens for both age groups.

24 February


Netball v Bradford Grammar 1st VII drew 27-27, 2nd VII won 34-12 - good results.

Girls’ squash


The girls’ squash team beat Dunnington 3-2 to place the 1st team second in division 4 of the league - well played. 

Boys' Hockey

Boys' Hockey County Champions

First team U18 county champions 2016.

13 February 2016

South Yorkshire Head

St Peter's boat club

The Boat Club had a successful day at the South Yorkshire Head at the beginning of the half term holidays. Racing twice over the twisting 4km course against the strong stream all our crews performed well.

South Yorkshire Head

The J16 girls came second in the novice fours and the novice quad sculls with the two single scullers, Lydia Theos and Kat Bonner, also finishing in very close second places in their events.

The Junior 15 boys came second in the novice quads sculls and the novice fours. The senior boys’ quad was also second in the J18 event, a small distance behind an accomplished York City quadruple scull.


In the men’s intermediate quad event the boys raised their game and turned the tables on the York City crew, winning by a good 25 seconds. Kat Bonner and Lydia Theos took a great victory in the Women’s double sculls with a huge winning margin of 38 seconds. 

11 February


St Peter's v Old Peterites

The St Peter’s football teams have reached half-time in what has been a thrilling season so far.

The first fixture of the season saw the 1st XI play the inaugural football match against the Old Peterites. An even first-half saw chances at both ends but resolute defending saw the first half end 0-0. The 1st XI dominated proceedings in the second half but a certain England goalkeeper meant the game finished 0-0 before Will Huffer made several key penalty saves to allow the Old Boys to win the penalty shoot-out.

This match was followed up with the ‘St Peter’s 7-a-side tournament’ where 30 boys were busy representing the school. In the Plate competition, St Peter's C team finished third whilst the B team, requiring only a point in their final game claimed a 3-3 draw with Bootham to win the Plate competition by one point. In the main Cup competition, St Peter's A team played some fantastic, clinical football to defeat Ampleforth (3-1), Bootham (2-0), Barnard Castle (4-0) and Woodhouse Grove (3-1) to go unbeaten and win the tournament.

In 11-a-side matches, Woodhouse Grove were early opponents and the 2nd XI, despite a well taken goal from Ed Brook, went down 3-1 against a well-organised side. Meanwhile, the 1st XI made a blistering start and was 3-0 up inside the first twenty minutes with some slick interplay and clinical finishing. Tom Hawksworth (twice) and Ted Patmore got their names on the scoresheet before Tom Hawksworth completed his hat-trick with a well-taken goal and the game finished 4-2 to St Peter's. 

St Peter's v Yarm

Travelling the short distance to Bootham the 1st XI found themselves 2-0 down at half-time but they rallied strongly, and goals from Tom Hawksworth and Joel Ngana meant a good game finished 2-2. Another away fixture to RGS Newcastle followed, where the 2nd XI was involved in a tight encounter but conceded late goals to go down 3-0. The 1st XI led 1-0 at half-time with Dan Jones opening the scoring before an improved display in the second half saw St Peter's take a 3-1 win with goals from Tom Hawksworth and Angus Barrick. 

Our next opponents were Yarm School and the 2nd XI were convincing in a 5-0 victory whilst the 1st XI proved to be too strong for their opponents and came away with a 3-0 win with goals from Joel Ngana, Tom Hawksworth and Cameron Burdass. The 1st XI’s last game of half-term saw them take on Ampleforth, and their expansive play created a number of chances. Joel Ngana was the main beneficiary, scoring twice, before Tom Spearman finished expertly to claim his first goal of the season and earn St Peter's a deserved 3-1 victory. The 2nd XI meanwhile took on Fulneck's 1st XI. St Peter's took the lead through Charlie Rae before Tom Gill scored a well-taken volley. Unfortunately three excellent strikes meant that Fulneck took the honours 3-2. The team now looks forward to resuming the season after half term.

10 February


On Saturday 3 February, ten netball teams travelled to Ashville for a block fixture - the standard was outstanding. The 1st VII stuck to through-court defensive principles, allowing a victory in each quarter of the match. Calm and composed, they exemplified tremendous team work to capitalise on the opposition’s error rate. The final score in a tense and exciting game was 37-33.

The 2nd VII played with such commitment to level the score to 30-30 in the third quarter, having been eight goals behind. The ball speed through court, particularly letting the first ball go, helped the pace of an end to end game.  Despite losing on this occasion, the match was an excellent contest. Two further senior teams posted excellent wins with six further junior teams also competing.

The full results were as follows:

Netball v Ashville
1st team W 37-33
2nd team L 32-37
3rd team W 35-6
4th team W 23-11
U15As W 23-12
U15Bs L 18-21
U15Cs L 10-19
U14As W 32-6
U14Bs W 26-4
U14Cs L 13-26

Boys’ Hockey                                                                    

The 1st XI is to be congratulated on winning the county tournament. The team played exceptionally well throughout the day and conceded only one goal in five games. Freddie Hejbroek dominated the midfield throughout the day and was the man of the match in the final against a very strong QEGS Wakefield team. Will Kimpson played brilliantly at left half, having to play there due to an injury. He made the position look easy. Captain Ollie Fryer was tireless and led by example - keeping the ball and threatening the opposition goal. Alex Martin was always calm and assured in defence as was his partner Sam Hudson, who never lost the ball. Matty Roberts grew in stature during the day realising the benefit of a strong clearing strike. Will Quinn was always a threat up front stretching the defense and showing good touch. Sam Elliot showed his awareness in front of goal.  Tom Robinson and Freddie Greswold were tireless in midfield closing down the opposition. Fifth Former Max Courtis grew in confidence during the day and showed good carrying skills. Will Andrews was unflappable in defence and his passing improved throughout the day. Sam Lodge in goal was at times not needed but showed great concentration when called upon. All in all, a most enjoyable and successful day - it was a pleasure to be associated with the boys.                                           

In other matches:                                                           
2nd XI v Durham 1st XI won 3-1                    
U16A v Thirsk lost 3-4    
U16B v Hymers won 6-0
U15A v  Harrogate Grammar School won 8-0
U15B v Silcoates U15A lost 1-0
U14 v Durham won 4-1                                 
2nd XI v RGS Newcastle won 2-1
U16B v RGS Newcastle won 6-0
U15B v RGS Newcastle U15A won 2-0
U14B v RGS Newcastle U14A lost 4-2
U14B v Hymers U14A won 2-0

3 February

Boys' Hockey                                           

A senior XI comfortably beat Ashville 1st XI 6-1.                                

U16A v Egglescliffe lost 5-2
U16B v Ashville 2nd XI drew 2-2
U15A v Barnard Castle won 8-0
U15B v Ashville U15A lost 0-2 

1st XI v Ampleforth drew 3-3                         
2nd XI v Ampleforth won 3-2
3rd XI v Ampleforth won 2-1
U15A v Ampleforth won 7-0
U15B v Ampleforth won 5-0
U14A v Ampleforth won 3-1
U14B v Ampleforth drew 0-0

Congratulations to the U16 squad who qualified for the North East play-offs - they were runners up in the county competition.

Congratulations also to the U14 team who have made the county final and North East play-offs.


Lambs v Irish Exiles

Last Sunday saw Sam Hudson and Grayson Maguire play against each other in the match between the national Independent Schools Lambs team and the Irish Exiles U18s. Sam and Grayson have both been key members of the successful 1st XV this season and have both deserved their selection for those teams. The match was a very exciting encounter with the Lambs coming out two point winners with the last kick of the game.

1 February


Netball squad

Regional Round Netball - National Schools

The U19s and the U14s travelled to Rotherham at the weekend to play in the semi-finals of the National Schools.  This was the first time the two age groups have qualified together and the experience gained was invaluable. The U19s found the competition very strong and at times were unable to stem the attacking flow of some of the opposition. This forced their error rate up and with six minute halves, it was tough to rectify the score lines in time. However, it is a huge achievement within the season to feature at this level.

The U14s were able to post four good wins on the day, despite tough playing conditions. Team spirit was evident and their work ethic tireless. Again they exited the competition at this stage too, but lots of experience gained - a promising squad for the seasons ahead.

St Peter's v Woodhouse Grove

As well as the squads involved in the National Schools, we still played a full fixture against Woodhouse Grove - well played to all the teams, many of whom played a level above due to the squads taking part in the National Schools! The results were as follows:

2nd VII v 1st VII  L 6-21
3rd VII v 2nd VII  W 30-8
4th VII v 3rd VII  D 21-21
U15A     W 17-5
U15B     W 12-3
U14B     W 20-6


Boys' Hockey
U16 County Tournament

The U16 hockey team competed in the County Hockey Tournament on Friday. They played a strong QEG’s Wakefield side first, and after a positive warm-up, started at pace. St Peter’s passing game worked well and the game ended with them the eventual winners in a 2-1 victory. The boys continued their running form during all of their group matches beating  Pocklington 6-0, Hymers 6-0 and Silcoates 6-0 to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-final against Hall Cross, St Peter’s defended calmly, and stuck to their game plan to play expansive hockey, without giving their opposition any space on the ball. The St Peter’s side finally scored with 10 minutes to go from a short corner, which saw them into the final. In the final versus an extremely strong Thirsk side, St Peter’s lost out to a better team. Despite playing with heart and commitment throughout the game, and maintaining a 0-0 scoreline until 6 minutes from time, they lost 2-0.  Having made the final, this still sees the team progress to the North East round of the competition in a few weeks’ time.  


It was a comprehensive victory against Ampleforth for the U15s, on a bitterly cold afternoon. Possession was key; building the play with transferred passes across the width and picking intelligent balls for lead runners up high, rather than looking for the ‘Hollywood’ pass. Great communication and intricate link-play up and down the pitch saw three early goals and a hatful of chances that just went wide.

Ampleforth then began to squeeze on our midfield and strangled them for space, as they made their way back into the game. Stalwart defence and defiant tracking from everyone meant another clean sheet for our redundant goalie. The second half allowed time to re-group and re think our tactics: a faster-paced approach in attack and aggressive intent in the right areas of the field saw the game finish 7-0 and another performance to be proud of.

28 January

Boys' Hockey

A Senior XI played well to beat Ashville 1st XI 6-1. Will Fryer made a good comeback from a serious knee injury. Sam Elliot grows in confidence and is developing an eye for goal. James Taylor as always stole a goal from a metre out - overall an enjoyable afternoon out.

In other matches:                                                           

U16A v Egglescliffe lost 5-2
U16B v Ashville 2nd XI drew 2-2
U15A v Barnard Castle won 8-0
U15B v Ashville U15A lost 0-2


The 1st XV went down 18-0 to QEGS Wakefield in the last 16 of the  Nat West Cup yesterday. It was a hard fought match in challenging conditions and an excellent achievement to reach the last 16 in the country.

27 January

Boys' Hockey

The First XI had a magnificent win over a very strong Styx hockey club side that included a Great Britain player and three other international caps. The team played with pace and precision and sailed into a 5-1 lead. Freddie Heijbroek, Ollie Fryer, and Alex Martin were outstanding.

The team then relaxed and let Styx back into the game with the final score being 6-4. This is the first time for over 40 years that the school has beaten Styx two years running.                                                        

In other matches:                                        

U16A v Barnard Castle won 4-2
U15A v Egglescliffe lost 4-2 
U14A v Silcoates won 3-0
U14B v Thirsk U14A lost 6-1

21 January

Boys' Hockey

A cold evening at Egglescliffe saw the U15A boys step out for their first mid-week fixture of the season. An early goal from the opposition left us always chasing the eight ball. The boys immediately fought back with purpose and direction. A well-worked equaliser was followed by another with a superior finish. We kept possession of the ball well, at times; working the transfers across the back but habitually gave the ball away needlessly and in dangerous areas all too often, which allowed some talented boys on the opposition free roam and safe passage to the goal. The final score was 4-2. Our targets are clear for the next game: not forcing things that aren't there, playing the simple pass to space and possession of the ball in the right areas of the field.