School News

Joel Cannell Reaches European Finals

While many of us were focusing on Andy Murray last week as the face of British tennis, Joel Canell (RS) was playing as the British no 1 for Great Britain’s team in the qualifying stages of the  U14 Boys European Summer Cup (26-28 June, Belgium).  The GB team finished top in their group with convincing victories against Sweden and the Netherlands and so qualified for the finals in Magaluf.  Unfortunately, the GB boys didn't fare so well in the finals; Romania was the winner with Spain second.  Joel also won all of his singles matches and defeated the No. 1s from Sweden, Croatia and the Netherlands.  Later this summer, Joel will be competing as one of two GB boys in his age group in the European Junior Championship.  We wish Joel luck in all his summer competitions.

Bancroft's Arkwright Scholars

Three fifth formers  have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships.  Charles Blake, Oliver Hague and Nicholas Slack haveall been selected to receive the awards after successfully passing the aptitude paper demonstrating their flair and originality in solving Engineering Design problems and being interviewed.  A team exercise gave  the students with an experience of the challenges and excitement of engineering related careers. There were over 900 applicants for the award this year from 256 schools.

The boys will be presented with their Scholarships later this year at a ceremony hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  During this day Scholars will have an opportunity to meet their sponsors and other scholars.

The Arkwright Trust was founded in 1990 and supports promising young engineers during their A Levels; the students also carry the status of “Arkwright Scholar” into university. The Scholarships are supported by individuals, companies , institutions and the services.  Major sponsors include: Rolls Royce, Balfour Beatty and the Royal Air Force.






Hockey Silver for Redbridge Boys

Bancroft’s was very well represented in the Redbridge hockey teams in the London Youth Games Finals held over the weekend at Crystal Palace.  The girls’ team was placed 7th out of 33 teams, whilst the boys’ team which contained eight of our pupils from the 3rds to L4 took the silver medal.  This is particularly impressive considering that our Essex County players were not eligible to compete. In the Mini Games Finals, the hockey team which contained many of our Prep players came first.  Congratulations to all players, and also to other Bancroftians who competed in other sports.

Murali's Visit Inspires Cricketers

muraliwebOn Monday 27 June, our cricketers were fortunate enough to benefit from a Masterclass in spin bowling by a legend of the game.

Record breaking Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 800 test wickets in his career, visited the school to share a few “tricks of the trade” with boys aged from 11 to 18.   Mr Lever said, “this is a rare opportunity for players of all age groups to see up close a true master in action.  Muralitharan was able to show the boys the finer points of his art and some of our better players had once in a lifetime opportunity to face international bowling.”  Current Cricket Captain Nigel Jacobs, who was one of the boys chosen to face Muralitharan’s bowling, said that he was “honoured to have this chance.”

On his arrival, Muralitharan was surrounded by cricketers requesting photos and autographs; he then went on to a question and answer session with the boys before giving invaluable advice and a demonstration of the skill which has made him a cricketing legend.






North House raises record for danceaid

On Friday 24 June members of North House  presented the charity danceaid with a cheque for adanceaidweb fantastic £5,600.  The money, a record amount raised by a school for danceaid, had been raised by a North House Family Evening.  Britain’s Got Talent finalists (2010) Twist and Pulse who are patrons of danceaid were special guest performers at the evening.  Trevor Ward, Housemaster of North House said, “The evening brought out the very best in the pupils, with many musical, dramatic and, of course, dance talents on display.  Twist and Pulse’s dynamic performance provided a fitting and energetic finale to the evening.”

Laura Wilson  who set up danceaid two years ago, received the money and said that she had fabulous memories of the evening and the mature and professional way in which the students organised it.  She also spoke of the high standards of performance from the pupils.  Laura further explained that “every penny of the huge total will go to help impoverished, orphaned and exploited children in the UK, Africa and Asia.”

danceaid harnesses the energy, the passion, and the popularity of dance to transform the lives of vulnerable children. danceaid wants to raise the UK and beyond to its feet to help orphaned, poor, and exploited children in the developing world, and here in the UK !

If you want to see the Twist and Pulse performance at school, go to