King James' School

Year 8 Sport

Year 8 Sport



The Year 8 hockey team (above) show huge commitment and determination in their play. They attack and defend as a team and display really fantastic spirit. Their efforts were rewarded by winning the Area Tournament and becoming Area Champions!

Cross Country

King James’s hosted the Area Cross Country Championships in early November. Pupils from Years 7 to 11 ran in the event and all ran their hearts out on a difficult, undulating course. Congratulations to Ben Brennan, who finished 7th, and Jess Head, who finished 6th. Jess has been selected to represent Harrogate and Craven in Area and County competitions.


The year 8 boys football team can look forward to a cup final after a victorious semi-final performance. The team managed to beat Harrogate Grammar 3-2 in a fairly comfortable match. The boys raced into a 2-0 lead, set on their way due to a Matty Everstead power strike. When the boys went 3-1 up again from Matty, the late Harrogate Grammar School goal didn’t matter as time was up.

Congratulations to the team and hope they can now round things off in the final.


On Wednesday 18th March, the Year 8 A and B Area Netball Tournament took place at Ashville. The A team had a fantastic start, winning their first match against Queen Ethelburga´s, beating Ripon Grammar School 4-1 and drawing with Skipton Girls. The team went through to the semi-finals where they played Harrogate Grammar School and, despite a great game, unfortunately lost. The final was eventually between Harrogate Grammar and Ripon Grammar. The girls´ final game was against Ashville and they just missed out on a win, finishing 4th out of 7 overall.

The B team also got off to a fantastic start, winning their first game against Queen Ethelburga´s. They then played Skipton Girls and lost, before going on to beat Ripon Grammar 3-1. Their final game was against Rossett and it was the decider as to who went through to the semi-finals. The team had an amazing game but narrowly missed out and finished 5th overall.


The Friday basketball club has gone from strength to strength this year. We regularly have 30 to 50 students who come and practise every week with huge enthusiasm and dedication. As a result we have been able to run teams in a number of age groups with a considerable amount of success.

The Year 8 boys, Year 8 girls and Year 10/11 boys all made it through to the group stage of the English Schools Cup and played in the regional knockout rounds, a first for us. Unfortunately they lost their matches, but in the case of the boys only very narrowly. We also entered the Area Tournament in all age groups, finishing a frustrating second in every age group but playing some high tempo and high-quality basketball. A number of boys have been selected to represent North Yorkshire, including Brandon Bain, Taylor Bradley and George Easton (Year 8) and Matt Livesey and Will Hancock (Year 10).

The club will continue running in the summer, so keep coming down to prepare for next season! 

Gym Club

Every Tuesday lunchtime has seen a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students practising and refining their gymnastic skills and performing somersaults, backflips, handsprings and other exciting moves. James Bamford has been an excellent leader and coach all year and a great deal of fun has been had by all.




Cross Country

The Area Cross Country Championships took place at Giggleswick School in November. King James´s pupils were out in force and supplied many runners in all age groups from Years 7 to 11. Particular congratulations to James Jeal, who won the Year 7 boys´ race and took home the medal as Area Champion.

Six pupils finished in the top 16: James Jeal (1st); Ben Brennan (4th); Henry Gardner (9th); Jess Head (9th); Hollie Wells (12th); and Amy Warrington (16th). These went on to represent Harrogate and Craven at the County Cross Country Championships at Tadcaster.

Overall, the Year 7 boys´ team finished second and the Year 7 girls´ team finished third - a fantastic result.

Boys´ Football

Large numbers of Year 7 boys attended practice and, as a result, the school was able to field an A, B and C team. All three made good progress in the games they played.

As a year group, the boys show huge promise as footballers, with 6+ students already representing the Area team.

Unfortunately, after a great 7-0 victory in an Area Cup match against Boroughbridge School, the boys were knocked out in the next round by St. Aidan´s, as Sports Council representatives report.

"After progressing through the Area Cup tournament winning 7-0 against Boroughbridge, Mr Hall´s group of eager footballers went on a journey to St. Aidan´s School, looking to go further.

On arrival, the rain greeted the team at the windy pitch and they started to warm up. The match then kicked off around 4pm and the team played some good passing football which led to a brilliant headed goal from Tom Johnson from a stunning free kick by Sam Newsome.

From the restart, St. Aidan´s became livelier and started playing more in King James´s half. Then one of their team pulled off a cracking shot which cannoned into the back of the net to make it 1-1. With 10 minutes left of the second half, St. Aidan´s attackers broke free of the defence and took the lead for the first time with another unstoppable goal. King James´s then took every opportunity to equalise but their keeper pulled off some wonderful saves and we were unlucky not to pull one back.

The team were not disheartened as we had put in an almighty performance. We wish good luck to St. Aidan´s in the final against Rossett."


On 18th March the Year 7 rugby team played in a tournament at Harrogate Grammar School, as Sports Council representatives report.

Match 1: Ripon Grammar

Ripon Grammar School is the best Year 7 team in North Yorkshire. Previous matches we have lost significantly, but as a team we have improved greatly so we stood a chance of winning. The match started with Ripon taking the lead, scoring the first try and converting it to take a 7-0 lead. After this King James´s attacked with strength and managed to build our way up to equalise the score at 7-7. Going into the last minutes of the game Ripon crept through our defence to score another fantastic try. It was 14-7 and the whistle had gone. We had lost by a narrow margin.

Match 2: Rossett

Rossett was a team we had beaten significantly a month before, with a comfortable win of 29-0. But the matches here were only 8 minutes long, so it was only a matter of getting a try away in time. The game started off with no tries, but then King James´s managed to score a great try out of nowhere to take a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later we scored another fantastic try and when the end whistle blew King James´s won 14-0.

Match 3: Harrogate Grammar

We had previously lost against Harrogate Grammar so it was going to be a match worth fighting for. The game started with Harrogate attacking but King James´s defence was stronger. After a few phases turnover ball meant that that the ball was ours. A penalty was given against Harrogate Grammar and with only a minute left King James´s decided as a team to kick from our defending 22. We kicked the ball and as a team raced forward chasing the ball and putting pressure on Harrogate Grammar. A great tackle was made by King James´s which was then taken and converted into a try on the whistle. We had won 7-0 against Harrogate Grammar.

Try scorers: Max Bachellerie (3), Sam Newsome (1)

Year 8 Sport

Year 8 Sport