Enter the Schools’ Head 2024

Date of Event: Wednesday 20th   March 2024

Course: Chiswick Bridge to Putney [4.25 miles] Start: 1300

Deadline for entries:  0900 Monday 4th  March 2024

Entries are invited for the following categories:

New for 2024 -Only ONE crew may be entered in each event .     

  • Championship Eights
  • School first Eights
  • School/Junior 2nd Eights
  • School/Junior 3rd Eights
  • J16 Championship Eights
  • J16 School First Eights
  • J16 2nd Eights
  • J15 Championship Eights
  • J15 School First Eights
  • J 15 2nd Eights 
  • J 15 3rd Eights                                                          
  • Championship Girls Eights                                        
  • Girls School First Eights   
  • Girls 2nd and 3rd Eights                           
  • Championship J16 Girls Eights                                 
  • Girls School J16 Eights
  • Girls J16 2nd Eights 
  • Championship J15 Girls Eights
  • Girls School J15 Eights
  • Girls J15 second Eights
  • Girls J15 Third Eights
  • Mixed School Eights
Coxless quads
  • School/Junior
  • School/Junior Girls

 The event is run under British Rowing Rules with these special conditions:

  1. All Participants in the race must be in full-time education in schools or sixth-form colleges and must be 18 or younger on the day of the race.
  2. School First/J16/J15/mixed Eights events are only open to single School crews.
  3. No composite entries are allowed or ‘flags of convenience’ crews.
  4. A significant aim of the Schools Head [taking place on a School day] is to promote rowing in schools and school Boat Clubs. Where possible please; Schools should have first call on rowers who also row with open clubs. 
  5. All competitors must have attained their 13th birthday.
  6. A school or club may only enter a ‘2nd or ‘3rd crew event if a genuine first crew has also been entered.  
  7. Any school who won a School /J16/J15 pennant last year would not be expected to enter the same school event or the school event for the year above , this year.

It is a condition of entry that all those taking part are competent swimmers. The committee take every precaution to ensure the safety of competitors but is not to be held responsible for accidents.


The fastest Eight will receive the Head Trophy and a pennant.  All other winning crews receive pennants.  Individual medals will be awarded to all members of winning crews .The second and third crews in Championship events will be awarded silver and bronze medals.   The Thames Team Trophy will be awarded to the school with the fastest aggregate time of any three eights.

Entries    On BROE2 

Details on the British Rowing site:


Entry Fees:  Eights    £140         Quads     £70

If you have an urgent query, please email david.riches@westminster.org.uk        

Race details will appear on the Schools Head Web site at:  http://www.shorr-org-uk.preview-domain.com/

The 2025 Schools Head of the River takes place at 1300 on Tuesday 25th March 2025

The 2026 Schools Head of the River takes place at 1230 on Friday 13th  March 2026


All coxes and steers should have watched the HORR Tideway coxing video on youtube. 

and the PLA code

As before, we would like to remind coaches that the 3rd Eights event is for genuine 3rd Eights, and not an alternative J16 event.

All crews should adhere to the Rowsafe code and note the following:

The Committee emphasise that rowing on the Tideway is very different from rowing on still or non-tidal waters.  Good coxing and watermanship are essential if the race is to be an event which is safe and enjoyable for all participants.  We therefore urge coaches to use their discretion in making their entries and consider whether weaker crews should be entered.  We also remind them that it is permissible to use coxes who are older than the age group they are coxing.  

Boating Arrangements 

We would encourage you to make the same arrangements as you did previously.

Boating capacity is available at Emanuel and at Barn Elms. 

You MUST contact the club where you would like to boat in good time, and indicate your boating arrangements on the entry .