School News

U18 Girls Essex Champions

Our U18 Girls Hockey team played in the Essex Round of the National Schools Championship on Wednesday 1 October.  The girls travelled to Redbridge Sports Centre knowing that they had a strong side and that expectations were high.  Midfielders Captain Moni Johal and Chloe Joarder have both reached National age group level, with Chloe recently captaining the England U16 team at the five-nations.

Bancroft’s performed consistently well in the group stages of the tournament beating local rival Forest 2-1, then Chelmsford County High School 1-0 but lost to old adversaries Coopers’ Coborn 1-0. This meant that they went through to the semi-finals to face a strong Felsted team.  It was at this point that the Bancroft’s girls turned on the style, cruising to a 2-0 win with cracking goals from Annabel Smith and Ella Day.  The final saw a rematch of the Coopers’ game with Bancroft’s having everything to prove.  At full time the score was at a 2-2 stalemate and so the trophy was shared.  Both teams now go through to Regional play-offs in November at UEA.  This is the first time that a Bancroft’s U18 girls’ team has been the Essex Champions.

Coach Jo Fryer-Green spoke very proudly of the team. "This is a group of girls who have showed promise for some time. They are extremely committed and demand a lot of themselves. They deserved the victory at the County rounds and we now have our sights set on going even further in the competition.”

Volunteering in Costa Rica

A group of fourteen of our senior students and two staff spent a gruelling, but ultimately most satisfying and enjoyable, period as volunteers in Costa Rica during their summer break. 

For two weeks they worked at Damas Primary School near Quepos where they constructed a new English classroom, having raised funds themselves for the building materials needed as well as for new sports equipment for the school.  Once built, they then painted a colourful “under the sea” themed mural on the building.  The students also spent time with the school’s pupils: leading arts and games sessions, during which they even introduced them to rugby!  Upper Sixth Former, Eva Botha said, “We went on the trip not knowing just how demanding all of the physical work in construction would be.  Mixing concrete by hand is a challenge. Not only did we finish the classroom, but during the classes we ran for the school’s arts festival, including sculpture, dance and painting, we were also able to build really good relationships with the children.”  There was also time for some well-deserved relaxation as, after their days hard at work, the students were able to spend time exploring the local food markets, learning to surf, visiting a parrot sanctuary and the Manuel Antonia National Park. 

Beth Mortimer another of the volunteers summarised the project, “It was definitely a challenging experience involving tiring work, but also one that was immensely fun and rewarding, leaving us with an experience that none of us will easily forget.”



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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