ECF Chess Leadership Schools

Promoting chess in local schools … English Chess Federation Chess Leadership Schools will:

  1. Promote inter-school chess in their area and host at least one inter-school chess tournament a year.
  2. Promote ECF Junior membership and ensure at least 6 pupils at the school are ECF members.
  3. Promote involvement in the ECF via grading, and ensure at least 6 pupils at the school have ECF grades.
  4. Enter an ECF National Schools Chess Championships.
  5. Provide a name and email address of someone who other local schools can contact for advice about running school chess clubs and playing inter-school chess.
  6. Promote school chess in their area using activities and approaches tailored to their own situation.

Schools can apply to be an ECF Chess Leadership School by completing the application form here

Schools satisfying conditions 1 to 4 above will be designated ECF Chess Leadership School and supplied with an ECF certificate confirming this and the year for which it is applicable.

In exceptional circumstances schools can also apply to be Chess Leadership Schools who provide alternative leadership in their area instead of all of conditions 1 – 4 above.

In subsequent years, renewal will be automatic for those schools which continue to fulfil all the criteria, unless the school wishes to withdraw.

The map below will show where there are ECF Chess Leadership Schools. Details of the school name, address and the contact person will be published here.

For more information about the ECF Chess Leadership School Scheme please email the ECF Manager of School Chess at  

Reigate Grammar School, Reigate Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0QS
Chris Howell Email:

Woodbridge School, Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP4 2PF
Adam Hunt Email:

King Edward VI Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3SX
Tim Worrall Email:

Heathside Preparatory School, 16 New End Hampstead, London NW31JA
Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email:

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7EL
Trefor Thynne Email:

Wilson’s School, Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
Neill Cooper Email:

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