The John Fisher School

Sport Programme

The John Fisher School’s belief is that education is concerned with the whole human being, a rounded education, and that every pupil has the ability to achieve something worthwhile or even to excel in some field. The main objective of the sports programme, therefore, is to use the major sports offered at The John Fisher School to identify and develop pupils, especially if they have a talent, as achievement in one area so often proves to be the key to success in school life as a whole.

The sports programme relies heavily on the good will, passion and expertise of staff to commit to extra-curricular activities - both after-school and weekends throughout the year. In the first two terms the major sports are rugby union and cross country, turning to athletics and cricket in the summer term.

We have a national reputation at rugby, cricket, cross country and athletics. Each year boys receive county honours, with many having gone onto regional and national honours with England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland in school boy rugby and cricket in the last ten years. Each sport uses experienced coaches to enable the boys to reach their potential. We are extremely proud of our boys' achievements.

Rugby Union Programme

John Fisher Rugby PlayersRugby at John Fisher has a proud tradition and is the major sporting code for the first two terms. It is a sport that instills values such as integrity, sportsmanship, loyalty, discipline and hard work. Our school's policy of participation in extra-curricular activities, as well as the passion shown by the boys, enables over five hundred youngsters each week the opportunity of experiencing the ultimate team sport. At John Fisher we encourage full participation respective of ability; hence the U12G Team is just as important as the 1st XV.

John Fisher fields up to twenty-four rugby teams on a Saturday. This allows boys from all levels and abilities to be part of this wonderful game. John Fisher has embarked on tours out the Canada, South African and New Zealand. Fixtures during the season are against some of the major rugby playing schools in England such as RGS High Wycombe, Eton College, Dulwich College and Whitgift School.

The second half of the spring term is Rugby Seven-a-side. John Fisher will take part in many prestigious school, county, and national competitions. Our 1st XV take part in the 'invite only' tournaments at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich for the national 15-a-side, and at the national 10-a-side at Sedbergh School, Cumbria. We also enter the highly competitive national Natwest Schools Cup at U15 and U18 level (formally known as Daily Mail Cup).

National 1st Team Rugby Achievements:

  • Rosslyn Park National Sevens Winners 1997, 1998.
  • Rosslyn Park National Sevens Runners-up 1999, 2008, 2014, 2015.
  • U15 Daily Mail Schools Finalists in 2001.
  • U18 Daily Mail Schools Semi-Finalists 2009.
  • St Joseph's College National 15-a-side Festival Winners 2009.
  • St Joseph's College National 15-a-side Festival Runners-up 2012.

Cricket Programme

John Fisher cricket has a strong reputation and is played in the summer term. We play Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon as well as during the week with up to twelve teams playing on a Saturday. Teams on the fixture card include RGS Guildford, Tiffin, Trinity, Emanuel, City of London Freemen, and Judd School, Kent.

The 1stXI are recognised on a national level most recently, in 2006, when they reached the Final of the National 20/20 Competition at Edgbaston just losing to Millfield School.

Athletics Programme

John Fisher athletics is again a major summer sport where the boys compete at school, county, regional and national level. We are very proud that have been Sutton champions at overall age groups for the past twenty years, with Year 8 & 10 getting to the national finals day each year. Boys take part in games lessons, lunch time and after school practices with regular weekly meets versus other local schools in the summer term.

Teams on the fixture card include RGS Guildford, Tiffin, Trinity, Emanuel, City of London Freemen, and Judd School, Kent.