School News

Badminton Golds at Copper Box

Bancroft's badminton players represented Redbridge in three of the four groups in the East London round of the London Youth Games (which also doubles as the county round for the National Schools Championships) which took place in the iconic Copper Box Arena, in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday 10th February.  They took on teams from other East London boroughs, including Walthamstow, Newham and Havering.

In the KS4 Boys' competition Bancroft’s boys secured first place.  Although they won all of their group stage matches with ease, they faced tougher competition against Havering’s Hall Mead School in the final, but battled through to win 3-2.  The KS3 girls did especially well in winning all three of their group matches without dropping a single game; their top form continued into the play off for 1st and 2nd places in which they beat Bexley Grammar School 5-0.  In their group, the KS3 boys lost only to the eventual age group winners Havering’s Coopers’ Coborn School; they then beat Newham’s Brampton Manor in the play off for third and fourth places.

Coach John Raw stated that he “was delighted with their performances, and looks forward to the regional round, where hopefully we can go one better than last year and get through to the finals of the National Schools Championships”.  The regional round is being held at Crystal Palace on Tuesday 24th March.


Intermediate Maths Challenge 2015

Congratulations to all those pupils in the L4, U4 and 5th Forms (years 9, 10 and 11) who took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge.  They achieved an excellent set of results gaining 40 Gold, 43 Silver and 20 Bronze certificates, with an impressive total of eight pupils qualifying for the follow-on round.  The Olympiad qualifiers are: Dharshan Balasirishwaron, Lily Meech, Meera Murali, Jaspal Channa (all U4) and Soumya Krishna Kumar, Himaani Yogendran and Anwar Jouhary (all L4).

In the British Maths Olympiad 2 our two qualifiers, Kavin Vijayakumar and Peter Andreev, both did very well.  Only 222 candidates qualified for this follow-on Olympiad and the boys very narrowly missed out on a place in the top 25%. By our reckoning that places Kavin and Peter about 60th nationally amongst the elite of the elite! 

Oxbridge 2015


We are delighted to announce that ten of our current U6 students have received offers from either Oxford or Cambridge Universities. 

Grades pending, three pupils are off to Oxford in September: Francis Clark-Murray plans to read PPE at Jesus College; Faris Qayyum has a place to read Law at Keble College and Marianne Cain hopes to go to Balliol College to read Maths & Philosophy.  A further six hope to take up their places at Cambridge.  The successful Cambridge applicants are: Siddharth Chandrasekaran, Economics at Downing College; Thomas Leung Architecture at Magdalene College; Alex Ruben also hopes to go to Magdalene but to read Engineering; Edward Davies and Jasraj Panesar both have places to read Natural Sciences at Robinson and Emmanuel Colleges respectively; Emmaline Okafor has a place to read Chemical Engineering at Newnham College and Kavin Vijayakumar plans to read Maths at Christ’s College.

“We are delighted that the hard work and dedication that these students have shown over a number of years has been so richly rewarded.” said Head, Mary Ireland.  “They have performed exceptionally well and the competition for these prestigious offers gets tougher every year.  They are not just up against the best in this country, but also the best in the world.  We wish them all every success for the future.”

In addition to its continued success with places at Oxford or Cambridge, Bancroft’s has a strong tradition of pupils attending the top research universities.  Over the past five year period, over three-quarters (77%) of Bancroftians who have left the School to go to university have taken up places at Russell Group institutions.  Judging from the offers received so far, it would appear that the current Upper Sixth will carry on this tradition.


Junior Bronze Crest Awards 2014

Ten pupils from the current L4 (yr 9) took part in Science Crest (Creativity in Science and Technology) Research and Investigation projects last summer term whilst they were in the Removes (year 8). Each of them carried out a science project of their choice.  All pupils worked extremely hard and demonstrated dedication, spending more than the ten hours required on their projects. They produced outstanding work on projects as diverse as Accident Investigation, Hybrid Animals and Antibiotics. All ten pupils fully deserve their Bronze Crest award certificates.  Well done to Mohammed Munnaan (L4E), Neil Cifelli (L4N), Shaina Sangha (L4W), Sarina Ramasamy (L4W), Charlotte Wyatt (L4S), Soumya Krishna Kumar (L4E), Jamil Haque (L4E), Joseph Bainbridge (L4S), Zain Piracha(L4N) and Mihir Shah (L4N).

Shakepeare in the Prep

Who said Shakespeare is boring?  Certainly not our Prep 1 and 2s.  They sat transfixed throughout a performance of Hamlet by the Young Shakespeare Company on Monday 2 February.  This company specializes in visiting schools and making the works of Shakespeare accessible to children from KS2 upwards.  In previous years Bancroft’s has hosted productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, both of which might be considered easier for a young audience. However, with its focus on the narrative and the involvement of the children – whether supplying sound effects, acting the roles of the minor characters or being asked to speculate on what happens next – the cast of five succeeding in entertaining the children who were totally absorbed.  For many of the audience this was their first taste of Shakespeare; hopefully it won’t be their last.  Always clear and never patronizing, this production provide the perfect introduction to one of Shakespeare’s most complex plays.

English Co-ordinator Karen Yelverton, who organised the visit, said, “‘Actors from the Young Shakespeare Company come to the Prep every year and give the children a great introduction into the world of Shakespearean drama. Hamlet is a new venture for the group, and we were very keen to see how they would perform it. We weren’t disappointed – it was really accessible and the children were utterly gripped.”  Prep 2 pupil Jemima Strong was in the audience and her thoughts summed up all the pupils’ experiences, “I really enjoyed this. Some parts were very dramatic and even scary at times; however, it was great the way that the actors got us all involved and made it feel like fun.”