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History has been made at Denstone College with Lower Sixth pupil, Sophie becoming the first female cricketer to play for the 1st XI team against Checkley U19s.

Director of Cricket and former Yorkshire player, Mr Simon Guy, who also coaches Sophie for Warwickshire ladies said ‘I have coached Sophie since her time at Denstone, she is a very hardworking pupil and benefits from our one-on-one coaching sessions. I certainly look forward to seeing her play in more matches’.

Sophie is an all-round sportsperson and also plays top league hockey. She is the daughter of Old Denstonian and former Denstone College 1st XI cricket captain, Mr Jan Hughes (82-87) and niece of OD, Emma Hughes (83-90) who played for the 1st XI women’s team.

We look forward to seeing your progression within the 1st XI Sophie, well done.

Denstone College is an independent school of more than 600 pupils aged 11-18. It has been educating boys and girls since 1873 and offers a truly all round education. The high standard of pastoral and academic provision is remarkable, and this has been confirmed by recent Ofsted and ISI inspections. A2 results are usually in line with those of the very best all round schools nationally.

Recent investments in facilities at the College include the new Derbyshire Building for Maths and Modern Foreign Languages, the Threlfall Library and learning resource centre, new blocks for English, Philosophy & Ethics, Religious Studies and Music, Psychology and History. Denstone College offers students more than 40 sports and activities, some of which take place in the recently completed Adamson’s Sports Complex, which includes a pavilion, astro turf, netball and tennis courts as well as rugby and cricket pitches. The College also has invested in further new cricket facilities which include a state of the art all weather facility and new nets. The College offers opportunities for a range of co-curricular activities including outdoor pursuits, music and drama. Visit the website, www.denstonecollege.org for information on the College’s outstanding value for money, and its boarding packages.