How many schools have chess clubs?

Twenty years ago there were more than 50 schools in Suffolk that had active chess clubs.   Nowadays, the number is considerably lower.

I am trying to collate a full list of all schools in the county where chess is played on a regular (at least weekly) basis. Below is a list (incomplete I’m sure) of known schools.   Here you can help, because there may be a school near you where chess is played that I haven’t heard about.   For example, there may be schools in Newmarket, Hadleigh, Sudbury, Felixstowe, Saxmundham, and elsewhere.

Please let me know if you know of any chess-playing schools not listed.


Stoke High
Northgate High
Ipswich Prep
Royal Hospital School (Holbrook)
Handford Hall Primary
Ranelagh Road Primary
Meadows Montessori

Bury St Edmunds

King Edward VI Upper
St Louis Middle
St James Middle
Ixworth Middle
Moreton Hall Prep

Stowmarket (area)

Stowmarket Middle
Old Buckenham Hall (Brettenham)
Needham Market Middle
Creeting St Mary Primary
Sir Robert Hitcham’s (Debenham)


Woodbridge School / Abbey Prep.
East Bergholt Primary
Alexanders College (Bawdsey)

Well, that’s a reasonable start.   Looking forward to hearing of more schools.

(updated 19 October)

4 thoughts on “How many schools have chess clubs?
  1. You've missed off the school that always seems to win all the county trophies – Woodbridge School! (and the Abbey) where IM Adam Hunt and IM Dr John Wharam work. FIDE master Justin Tan is in the Lower Sixth, they often have pupils playing in the 4NCL, and over the last ten years pupils have successfully played for England, Germany, Russia, Australia etc

  2. Thank you! Not sure how I managed to omit Woodbridge; they were on my original list, but when I typed the post, I forgot to include them.

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