School News

Sad Loss to Bancroft's Community

Chrystyna Plumridge

The Bancroft’s community was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Chryssie Plumridge who worked in the Sixth Form café and, previously, as a cook in the school kitchens for many years.  Chryssie was a ‘larger than life’ character who was known to many generations of Bancroftians, and was much loved by all whom she nourished and nurtured.

So many Bancroftians past and present will have their own memories of Chryssie, and we would like to give you the chance to share them with her family. If you would like to post a memory or simply a message of condolence, you can do so using this link.  These will then be printed and collated in a book of condolence for her husband Paul, daughter Nicky and the extended family.

Details of her funeral service (which will be held at School) will be posted on the School website and Facebook page.

At this difficult time for Chryssie’s family, I know they will be greatly comforted by the support from the community of which Chryssie was such a big part.

Rev Moore

GCSE Successes 2014

Following on from the fantastic A Level results of last week, it was the Fifth Form's turn to be in the examination spotlight this morning.  In a year when the Department of Education is describing results nationwide as being “volatile”,  maintained it standards with 97% of all exams taken being awarded grades A*, A or B.  A fifth of the pupils in the year group have achieved 8 A*s or better.  We have seen the best ever performance in Maths with 80% of the year group obtaining an A* in Maths: a fantastic display.  Almost half (47.5%) of all exams taken were awarded an A*, compared with 3.7% nationally.

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Fantastic A Level Results

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth leavers who have acheived a fantastic set of A2 grades from our students, with a total of 17 achieving at least 3 A*s (nine of whom gained 4 or more A*s).  Leading the pack are Joanne Pham and Charlotte Krishek, who both notched up a stunning tally of 5 A*s. 

Once again Bancroft’s has seen an increase in the number of A* grades rise to 30% from 28% in 2013, compared with a national figure of 8%. 

Most of our pupils have achieved their first choice university places, with a confirmed ten places at either Oxford or Cambridge.  Sixteen students have places to read Medicine.

Head, Mary Ireland, said, “The School is delighted at the exceptional results achieved by this hard working year group.  Overall 90% of the grades were A*-B, the best results the School has ever achieved, despite the increase in rigour in the system.  Our combination of bright, hardworking pupils and dedicated staff is clearly a winning one!”

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Bancroft's at Edinburgh

Congratulations to the cast of this year's Bancroft's Players' production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Their opening performance of Stephen Sondheim's Company, directed by Head of Drama Ms Elie Middleton, proved a sell out. The recent weeks of intensive rehearsals had proved worthwhile.  Performances are daily at 6.40pm until Saturday 16 August at theSpace on North Bridge.

Robert, 35, believes his life is perfect. He is intelligent, attractive, witty, and… unmarried. All his friends are coupled up, some have several marriages under their belts! Throughout the show whilst observing his friends in close detail, he comes to realise that the life not worth examining is an unlived life, that is, one without company.


You can follow Bancroft's Players at the Fringe on Twitter, @CompanyAtFringe


Junior Maths Olympiad 2014

We have seen some fantastic results for the Junior Maths Olympiad!

Congratulations to Daniel Leung  (RN) for gaining a Distinction and Silver Medal and to Soumya Krishna Kumar (RE) for gaining a Distinction and Bronze Medal.  Special congratulations to Alex Yan (3W) who has gained a Distinction, Gold Medal and a Book Prize. This places Alex in the top 50 pupils at this age group in the UK.

We believe that getting three medals and a prize at Olympiad level equals the Bancroft's record set by current members of the L6 Kavin Vijayakumar, Francis Clark-Murray and Alex Ruben when they were Removes

Well done to all those who qualified for this prestigious contest.