School News

Best Ever GCSEs

Our Fifth Form had a lot to live up to this week following the record breaking set of results at A Level last week.  They did not disappoint as we can confidently say that our GCSE results for this year are the very best ever.  A phenomenal 99.4% of all exams taken were graded at A* to B.  A* was the most common grade, with 62% of exams at A*.  The number of pupils achieving a clean sweep of A*s has also seen an increase; last year 9 pupils achieved 10 A* grades, this year the number has risen to 15.   A stunning 38 pupils have 9 or more A*s, and over half of the year group of 121 pupils has achieved 7 or more A*s.

Mary Ireland  said, “Naturally we are delighted with this set of results.  The children were aware that with the move to linear A levels their GCSE results would matter more than ever and they worked really hard.  Every one of them has achieved 8 or more good GCSE results and should be pleased with all they have achieved.”

The reaction from the pupils was one of delight; Julia Jones (10A*) said, “I feel I have waited so long to get these results and they are amazing.” Christina Okafor was equally thrilled with her 10A* “I am overjoyed that all our hard work has paid off.”

For breakdown of GCSE results, click here

Record Breaking A Levels

We are enjoying a record breaking A Level year here at Bancroft's!  Over a fifth of the year group (25 in total) have acheived 3 A*s or more.   34% of all A2 exams were graded A* with  72% at grades A* or A, and 92% at grades A*-B.  These are the School's best ever resutls at A2 - the cumulation of two year's of hard work.

All ten Bancroftians who had been offered places at either Oxford or Cambridge have had their places confirmed.  In addition, twenty-one Bancroftians have places to read medicine.  Of particular note is Kavin Vijayakumar with a fantastic crop of 5A*s (Latin. Physics and Triple Maths) and a place to read Maths at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  Most of our pupils have had places confirmed at either their first choice university or their insurance choice.  They are also excelling in the arts with places at RADA, music conservatoires and art school.

Mary Ireland commented, “It is particularly lovely to see this year group doing so well.  They were the first cohort I recruited when I joined Bancroft’s and I have seen them start as nervous 11 year olds and develop into accomplished, confident and hardworking young men and women who have choices as they move onto the next stage of their lives.”

Very well done to all the pupils on their achievements and a huge thank you to their teachers for all their hard work and patience.

For A Level results by subject   - click here

Boys' Hockey Tour

A group of Bancroft’s boys from the U4 through to the U6 (years 10 to 13), accompanied by four members of teaching and coaching staff, left for a hockey tour of Singapore and Malaysia on Saturday 25 July.  The tour, which lasts for just under three weeks, gives both U15 and U18 teams a chance to play local clubs and schools as well as experience the cultural highlights of the area.  As their first training session illustrated, it is going to be a challenge playing in the extreme heat and humidity, especially when most of the boys are used to playing their hockey during the delights of the British winter. Their first matches were against Teck Whye Secondary School and, after a delay in starting for an hour, both teams enjoyed success.  The boys played some good, controlled hockey despite the heat, with the U18s winning 4-0 and the U15s notching up a fantastic 8-0 win. 

Off the pitch they have also been busy with a traditional English style afternoon tea in the luxurious and historic Raffles Hotel as a celebration for TJ’s 18th birthday.  A visit to Universal Studios in Singapore as well as a trip to the Gardens by the Bay have also been part of the agenda so far.

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Architecture Workshop with STORE

On Tuesday 30 June the L4 (yr 9) GCSE art pupils embarked on a journey through architecture, working hard both in the classroom and outside in the Head’s garden and ending with a final structural piece which we built using willow sticks, pieces of fabric, glue guns and our bare hands. Two professionals, Greg Nordberg (a structural engineer from the architectural consortium STORE) and Stephanie Farmer (Artist and Art Educator and Exhibitions Organiser, also from STORE), helped us learn more about architecture with nature in a dynamic way, and they organised a fabulous project which inspired every young artist in the group.

The scorching hot day began by understanding the theme of organic architecture; we listened intently then played an amusing game which involved inventing our own bizarre animals on paper. Afterwards we collaborated in groups to design a habitat for the animals only using classroom materials like tissue paper, card and pipe cleaners. Everyone enjoyed the morning and was buzzing to create a final composition in the Head’s garden, so we planned it out and set off on the challenge. 

Our aim was to create an architectural piece influenced by the nature around us, we approached this goal by splitting in groups to work efficiently on different tasks. Throughout the time we experimented, changed and developed our ideas; even though problems arose we managed to overcome them, improving at every step of the way. Everything successfully combined together; we created a beautiful scene of a fabric and netting roof which projected interesting overlapping shadows as the sunlight shone through it, and included simple handmade ornaments which dangled from the roof and a dome made out of withy and rope with green netting wove around it including rope suspension. At the end of the day we all felt proud of our hard work and we were very grateful to be given a wonderful opportunity to explore architecture in a fun productive way. 

By Sarina Ramasamy

 

Junior Maths Olympiad 2015

Many congratulations to our two Junior Maths Olympiad qualifiers, year 8 pupils Alex Yan (RW) and Swasthi Surendran (RW), who have done themselves proud in this extremely challenging paper. Swasthi has been awarded a Merit and Alex has been awarded a Distinction, Gold Medal and a Book Prize, which places him within the top 50 pupils in his age group in the UK. The future of Maths at Bancroft's looks bright!