We pride ourselves on our sporting reputation, competing at national level in many sports.

Those who follow cricket will see the brave young batting hope for the England test side, Zak Crawley, who scored 66 against South Africa today. Zak left The New Beacon in 2011, proceeding to Tonbridge School with a Cowdrey Scholarship then joining Kent County Cricket Club as a professional. He was called up by England late last year to tour New Zealand and now South Africa.

A contemporary at The New Beacon was Ben Earl who also went on to Tonbridge. He combined higher education with a career at Saracens, captained the England rugby U21 team then toured South Africa with the full squad. This week he has been called up by Eddie Jones to play in the forthcoming Six Nations squad to play France.

Sam Billings is captain of Kent County Cricket Club. After leaving The New Beacon, Sam moved to Haileybury and received his first call up for the England cricket side in 2015 since playing in one day internationals and twenty20 matches. He was appointed Kent captain in 2018.

Swimming has long been a strength of the school. Joseph Choong left The New Beacon in 2008, proceeding to Whitgift, having represented the school with considerable success in swimming matches. He now uses his swimming talent to compete in the Modern Pentathlon (fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, cross country). He recently won the World Cup Final and has qualified to represent Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics.

Four very impressive young men representing England and Great Britain – there can be few Prep Schools in the country with such impressive young sporting alumni!

Mr Piercy