Top 30 spot for Harrogate school

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St John Fisher Catholic High School was this week named among the top 30 best state sports schools in England.

Holmfirth High School, Ilkley Grammar School and Crossley Heath were the other Yorkshire state schools to feature on the list, compiled by publication School Sport.

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The magazine selected the best sporting state schools who have achieved competitive success at the highest level in a range of different sports.

Aidan Pass, head of PE and games at St John Fisher, attributed the school’s success to the legacy of sporting tradition established over many years by his predecessors and the energy and vigour of his current team.

He said: “I have been incredibly fortunate to inherit the school’s national reputation in football but at the same time a similar national reputation in a smaller sport like table tennis.”

Max Mills, head of PE at the school for 25 years, expressed his delight that his Sixth Form boys table tennis team of Patrick Viles, Elliott Marks, Dan Bouchard and Sam Pearson are on the way to the national finals having won the North East of England Finals.

Headteacher Paul Jackson paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff.

He said: “This is a great coup for the school. It is all the more remarkable when you consider our limited facilities. That will change in the near future but for the moment, it is time to celebrate.”