In March, two schools from Surrey made it to the National School Finals in Birmingham, Epsom College and Rosebery School, Epsom.

Epsom College

KS3 Girls 3rd Place
KS4 Girls 1st Place
KS4 Boys 2nd Place
KS5 Girls 1st Place
KS5 Boys 3rd Place
KS5 Mixed 1st Place

Epsom College showcased their exceptional talent in the National Schools Squash Competition, clinching top honours in multiple categories. The KS4 Girls team emerged victorious and claimed the national title, beating Gosforth Academy in the final. The following students represented in this category; Maja Maziuk (W), Izzy Hutton (W), Cara Naidoo (R), Satomi Brocklebank (Wh) and Freya Gokani.

Continuing the winning streak, the KS5 Girls team demonstrated unparalleled expertise on the court, securing another win for the school. The team was Savannah Ingledew (Cr), Maja Maziuk (W), Izzy Hutton (W), Flo Tanguy (C), Maddie Pearce (R) and Natasha Cook (M).

The Mixed team further solidified their position as champions by clinching the championship title, beating Millfield in an exciting set of matches. The following students represented Ronnie Hickling (H), Wilf Baker (Fa), Savannah Ingledew (Cr) and Maja Maziuk (W).

In a closely contested battle against Wycliffe, the KS4 boys displayed resilience and determination, earning the prestigious title of runners-up. Despite facing some tough competition, their tenacity and skill were evident throughout each game, earning them well- deserved recognition for their efforts. The following students represented the school in this category; Ronnie Hickling, Luke McBride, Zach Woolven, Luca Nicolosi, Finn Vowles.

The KS3 Girls from Epsom College showcase their talents, securing a commendable 3rd Place. With a spirited performance, they demonstrated their potential for future success in the sport. The following students were Cara Naidoo (R), Satomi Brocklebank (Wh), Freya Gokani, Sophie Church Jones (Ra) and Emmeline Ackermann (Wh).

Rounding up the impressive streak of performances, the KS5 boys team secured a respectable third-place finish in the category. Overall, Epsom College’s outstanding performance across multiple categories is a testament to the dedication, talent, and teamwork.

Congratulations to all the teams for the exceptional achievements, showcasing the spirit of teamwork and excellence on the court.

Rosebery School

On Thursday 14 March, the Rosebery squash team played in the National Schools Finals. Getting to this final was an excellent achievement in itself and one that the girls should be very proud of.  We knew that we would be facing private schools who had squash courts and squash teams galore, but that was a challenge the girls were willing to face. After getting through the first two rounds in a very convincing style, we knew that we deserved our place in this final.

The girls faced tough opponents and finished 8th in the KS4 tournament.

India Smith won her games and has been unbeaten throughout the entire tournament. This is a great achievement, but when you also take into account that she is in Year 7 playing in a KS4 tournament, it is even more exceptional!

A special mention goes to Imi Wood, who without her, the school would never have entered! The school have acknowledged and thanked Imi for her passion and commitment to the competition:

“Imi […] has steamrolled this whole process. From persuading me to enter, to organising the girls, to giving coaching advice before and after games and to giving up her own time on weekends to run extra practice sessions. She really has been at the forefront of everything and we couldn’t have done it without her.”

Report by Mrs Hart-Mckee – Rosebery PE Teacher