School News

GCSEs best ever



Our  pupils are once again celebrating fantastic results at GCSE Level.  With 55% of all exams taken being awarded the top grade of A*,  Mary Ireland announced that  “this is our best set of results ever”.  A fantastic 87% of all exams taken achieved either an A*or A  and 97% a B grade or better, with many delighted pupils receiving 9 or more A*s.   Mary Ireland said, “Congratulations to all our hard working students on their results and also to the talented staff who continue to inspire them.”



2012 University Successes

Following the excitement and celebrations of A Level results day, we have now been able to take stock of where our talented pupils are destined.  Between them they had amassed a dozen Oxbridge offers and we are delighted that every single one of these pupils secured the grades they needed.  Five pupils are off to Oxford and seven to Cambridge:

Anna Hubbard   Modern Languages   Keble
Linnet Kaymer   History   Merton
Geraint Kiff   Modern Languages   Pembroke
Calum Lomas   Economics & Management   St Hugh’s
Georgia Watson   Classics
Harriet Bartlett   Vet Science   Gonville & Caius
Eleanor Flaherty   Geography   Selwyn
Deanna Green   Theology   Queens’
Alison Harvey   Modern  Languages   St John’s
Lorcan Murphy   Engineering   Christ’s
Stephanie Posner   Classics   Jesus
Ben Yelverton   Natural Sciences   St Catherine’s

This year it was very gratifying to see so many of our students getting their first choice University places.  Most of our pupils are off to Russell Group universities, with Durham, Warwick and the London Colleges all featuring heavily as popular destinations.

Once again, there is also a significant number of Bancroftians who are progressing to study medicine, dentistry or vet science:  an impressive sixteen pupils!

Good luck to all of these Old Bancroftians who are about to embark on this exciting next stage of their lives.


Harriet, Alison and Ellie: three of our successful Oxbridge candidates.




Bancroft's Bucks A Level Trends


Everyone a winner: thirty nine A*s between them!

After several years of so-called grade inflation at A Level, this year sees a drop in the number of A and A* grades awarded across the country.  Nationally 8% of all A Levels taken have been awarded a coveted A* grade; however, at Bancroft’s this figure is a fantastic 29% which actually represents a 4% rise for the School from 2011.  69% of the A Level exams taken by our pupils were awarded either an A* or an A, compared with the national figure of 27%.  Again, this shows Bancroft’s results travelling in the opposite direction to the results nationally.

There have been some impressive individual stories too.  Our highest achieving pupil, Ben Yelverton, now bound for St Catherine’s College, Cambridge,  gained a superb set of 5 A*s.  Ben said, “I was certainly aiming for top grades, but would never have expected to gain A*s in all five of my subjects! I'm delighted with my set of results, and it's good to see that the hard work of myself and my teachers has paid off.”

A further four pupils (Lorcan Murphy, Alison Harvey, Ellie Flaherty and Stephanie Posner) each received a fantastic 4 A*s and twelve more pupils 3 A*s apiece.   All twelve Bancroftians who had received offers to study at either Oxford or Cambridge have achieved the necessary grades.

The School was filled with smiling sixth formers as they celebrated their achievements.  With over half of the year group (57 out of 107 pupils) achieving results of 3 or more A grades, this group of Bancroftians have a real reason to celebrate.  Alison Harvey who is taking up her place to read Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge said, “I just couldn’t believe it when I saw my results.  I thought that they must have come to the wrong person!”  whilst Linnet Kaymer confessed that “I almost cried when I saw my results.  I am so excited about going to Oxford this year!”

Head, Mary Ireland, said, “Although it is sad that across the country so many hard working A Level students have seen their grades cut for political reasons, we are delighted that this year’s Bancroftians have been so well rewarded for their efforts.  I am sure that they recognise the huge contribution made by their committed teachers.  We wish all our Upper Sixth the very best for their future careers”

Table of A Level Results



Bancroft's Celebrates Olympic Values


(Julia Jones RW)

To get into the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012, pupils at Bancroft’s took part in National  Schools’ Sports Week.  They were all offered the opportunity to participate in sessions of a variety of sports; with pupils being able to sign up for a maximum to 3 sessions.  The aim was to inspire pupils to try different sporting activities.   Whilst most of the sessions took place at School, we used Fairlop Waters for sailing and the Queen Elizabeth Stables for horse riding as well as Epping Forest for mountain biking.  Other sports on offer included: fencing, shooting, synchronised swimming, boxing, weightlifting, trampolining and water polo.  In addition the U4 girls tried paralympic football whilst all members of the 3rds joined together for a footnet tournament (a combination of football and netball) in which they all represented different Olympic nations.

We also ran an Olympic Values Competition for which we had an overwhelming number of entries.  Pupils were asked to produce a piece showing how the Olympic Values could be applied to their life values and experiences both in and out of school and how the values have inspired them to do the best that they could either for themselves or for others.  The piece could take any shape – a piece of artwork, a photo essay, a written piece of prose or poetry or perhaps even a song! It proved very tough to whittle the entries down.  The pupils who sent in the very best entries were awarded family Olympic Tickets through the School’s involvement with the Get Set Network.



Some of the best entries are available to read on, by clicking on this link: Olympic Values.

Bancroft's at Edinburgh

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha's. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.

For the first time ever, there will be a Bancroft's representation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.  The Middlepeg Theatre Company - cast and crew drawn from our talented Sixth Form with Miss Middleton and Miss Pegram as directors/producers - is performing That Face by Polly Stenham.  The original acclaimed production of this challenging and original drama took place at the Royal Court Theatre, with Lindsey Duncan and Matt Smith

That Face will be performed from 5-9 August  at the Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel.  The play is suitable for ages 14+ and deals with adult themes and contains strong language.


If you want to buy tickets for That Face in Edinburgh, here is the link to the official on-line Fringe sales page: