Shenfield High School's commitment to outstanding provision for PE and Sport has been recognized by achieving the School Games Gold Award for the fourth year in a row (the only Brentwood Secondary to achieve this). This award is given for the school's provision for curriculum PE as well as the huge range of extra-curricular sporting opportunities for students both within the Shenfield Sports Partnership as well as the students at Shenfield High School.
In 2019-20 (pre-lockdown) Shenfield's School Sports Partnership have organised and run over 50 competitions and events in a range of sports for students of all abilities from all of the primary schools and secondary schools in the Brentwood area. These events provide opportunities for over 8,000 young children to get active and engaged in sport and exercise.
At Shenfield the extra-curricular programme has been especially successful in the last 3 years. Shenfield have reached 9 National finals in three sports (football, rounders and futsal). Shenfield finished as runners-up in the 2018-19 ESFA U12 elite schools boy’s football competition as well as the respective U14 girls ESFA football competition. However, the U13 girls went one better and won the National title with a 4-1 win over Crompton House (Oldham) at West Bromwich Albion's Hawthorns Stadium. Given the huge number of schools (over 400 schools) that enter these football competitions it is a huge achievement to come through 10 rounds of games to win the title. Furthermore the U13 girls were also Essex cup football and futsal champions as well as south east England futsal champions. Shenfield also enter several teams into National B team competitions to provide opportunities for same competitive opportunities for players not in the A team squads. In 2018-19 the U12 boys B team reached the last four schools in the country showing the strength in depth in the football programme at Shenfield.
Further football success was enjoyed in 2019-2020 despite the Covid lockdown. In March 2020, just before schools were closed our U12 girls went to the ESFA National ‘Footy Fives’ finals having won the Mid Essex and South East England area finals. The girls won four games to reach the National final. The girls narrowly lost 1-2 in this National final and were denied the chance to play at Wembley, ahead of a Euro 2020 game, because of the pandemic. The U15 girls lost 0-1 in the ESFA National semi-final to the eventual winners but our U13 boys and U14 girls both made their respective finals. The U14 girls played Hodgson Academy at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Shenfield led the game on 3 occasions only for Hodgson to go up 4-3 with 5 minutes left in the game. Elise Jennings scored her fourth goal of the game with a minute to go to take the game to penalties. Sadly the girls lost out 4-5 on penalties. Our U13 boys met Sandwell Academy in a repeat of the final when they were in year 7. This time Shenfield were very prepared for Sandwell’s strengths and played a disciplined game which also went to penalties. Shenfield’s boys held there nerve and when Martin Wicher scored then saved a penalty, Shenfield were crowned Elite Schools National Champions.
The school has also enjoyed significant success within cricket. Two south east region cricket titles for our U13 and U14 girls as well as several county and mid Essex titles for the girls and boys in the last 12 months is remarkable given that cricket is often dominated by private schools. Shenfield's commitment to cricket has been recognized by The Cricketer Magazine naming Shenfield as a top 100 school for each of the last three years, being the only non-selective state school in the 100 Schools. This was acknowledged by the MCC who invited Shenfield High School's Cricket Academy to play them in both 2018 and 2019. The School's 1st XI performed well in both games winning in 2018 while in 2019 MCC gained revenge. The school's cricket academy like the post-16 Football Academy train all year round which provides outstanding opportunities for players to receive advanced coaching and compete with the best U18 players across the country in both sports. Furthermore, ex-student Mady Villiers, who started playing cricket at Shenfield was selected to play for England in a win over Australia in the last game of the 2019 women's Ashes series. We are hugely proud of her achievements and still welcome her back to help our younger students.
Shenfield High School have also provided numerous sports trips and tours to provide further opportunities for its students. Last summer the U13 girls were invited to Edgbaston for the first day of the first Test against India as winners of the 'Chance to Shine' regional cricket competition and saw a great days play. The U18 Football Academy toured New York, winning the international tournament they played in and the Cricket Academy toured Barbados. The School's Junior Sports Academy athletes also enjoy a biannual sports tour to Barcelona and these experiences provide invaluable opportunities for students to enjoy the huge physical, social and mental benefits of involvement in sport.
All of the significant achievements in National sports competitions is only possible with lots of hard work by a huge number of students and dedicated staff in morning, lunch and after school extra-curricular clubs. The success has enabled Shenfield to make the top 50 state schools for sport in each of the last five years as measured by 'School Sport Magazine'. In 2020 Shenfield were ranked the 29th best school (State and Private school’s combined) for sport in the country.
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