Verity Pettit is a level 2 English Chess Federation coach and has completed the European Chess Union certified schools teaching course. Our chess club currently operates at Hampton Hill Junior School for ages 7-11, and also runs a Hampton Hill youth chess group for U18. Both these groups have in-person and on-line activity. Our chess club warmly welcomes every ability and every age group, and strives to foster a love of chess in them for life. We aim to give them not just the skills to play, but the skills to lose, to cope with disappointment, to commiserate and congratulate, to find ambition to succeed for themselves as well as to take part nicely within a team, to share their chess knowledge through mentoring as they progress, to develop strong skills in planning ahead and have confidence in their choices. In school, in any term, each child will play many different opponents, notate the solutions to many different puzzles, and will receive interactive teaching on different topics. There are many motivational mini prizes for many reasons. All children are recognised for the strengths they bring. They learn to contribute their ideas, strategy, and plans without fear of ridicule.This ethos continues outside of school right through our U18 youth chess group which meet on-line and in local Hampton Hill venues from time to time.
ChessMates and all the chess children at Hampton Hill are proud to have received a 2020 British Chess Educational Trust award. This annual award is given to schools that have shown outstanding achievements or enthusiasm in chess.
The school received an engraved wooden chess board, along with a fine set of Staunton chess pieces, and a chess clock.