Member of staff i/c: Mr M Smethurst
Cricket is the major summer sport and enjoys a proud tradition. During the past fifteen years Matt Prior (England Wicket keeper), Matt Machan (Sussex and Scotland), Carl Hopkinson (current 2nd XI coach at Sussex), Michael Thornely, Joe Gatting and have all signed professional contracts.
Nine cricket teams are fielded each Saturday and pupils of all ability levels who want to play cricket will have the opportunity to do so. Fixtures are played against Sussex based schools, as well as others across the South East, while the 1st XI play in the HMC and Sussex Schools 20/20 cups and the BOWS cricket festival alongside Oakham, Wellington and Sedbergh.
Winter training takes place after school throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms, using the excellent indoor facilities at Sussex County Cricket Club and 1-2-1 sessions take place at school during the school day. The winter focus is on skill development and acquisition, while senior cricketers also benefit from a comprehensive strength and conditioning programme, tailored specifically to the requirements of their role.
The College has an excellent relationship with the County; current and former pupils are on the professional playing and coaching staff, while flexible arrangements are in place to allow pupils who earn a place on the Sussex Academy to fulfil their cricketing and academic requirements.
Scholarships are available at 13+ and 16+