A Carshalton secondary school’s under-15s girls football team will compete in a prestigious cup final for the first time later this month.

Stanley Park High School, in Damson Way, will participate in the English Schools’ FA Cup at the Madejski Stadium – the home of Reading FC – in Berkshire on May 21.

They will go up against Bottisham Village College, from Cambridge, after reaching the final following entries from 256 schools.

Adam Griffith, head of PE and sport at Stanley Park High School, said: “The girls have done fantastically well to reach the final of a national football competition, something which is a first for Stanley Park High!

“They have worked so hard to reach the final of this major tournament; we are incredibly proud of them.”

The competition will be held over three days, from May 21 to 23, as part of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival.

Stanley Park High School will warm up in Reading FC’s £1 million indoor training complex and then get ready in the club’s dressing room at the Madejski Stadium.

It’s from there that they will play the match in front of a crowd at the Sky Bet Championship club’s ground.

Owen Aiston, English Schools FA chairman, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming schools and their supporters back to Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium for, what is sure to be, another fantastic event.

“The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the very best Schools’ Football talent in England.

“Teams who have made it to the National Finals have already shown themselves to be amongst the best squads in the country, which is an outstanding achievement for all involved.”