School News

Open City Awards


Lower fourth art students have once again been successful in Open-City's Architecture in Schools competition. 

This term Ms Ward's group has been working on the brief, to design a "Community Learning Hub" with the architects Stanton Williams, who have just won Building Design's coveted 'Architect of the Year' Award.  The project included a building study of the Barbican Centre.

The class entry has won both the KS3 Imaginative Design Award and KS3 Drawing Award. For the drawing award judges were impressed by the drawings submitted from the whole class from Bancrofts and chose four joint overall winners: Alex Schumacher, Emma Attwood, Amrita Robertson and Kimran Rana.

The class model and winning drawings were exhibited at the Awards evening on December 13 at the Cowcross Gallery in central London,  when three of the four overall winners were awarded their prizes.  The Academy of Urbanism has requested that the work remained  on display for their conference the following day.


Prize winners


L4 at the Barbican



Quarter finals for U19 netballers

Congratulations to the U19 netballers who have now progressed to the quarter finals of the Independent Schools Netball Cup.  Following convincing earlier victories in this knockout tournament against Ipswich High School and St Catherine’s, they faced a very tall team from Wycombe Abbey at home on 5 December.

The Coach, Miss Telford, said it was a superb game of netball, “Fast, flowing and accurate.”  The Wycombe Abbey team quickly took a 3-0 lead, however the Bancroft’s girls steadily caught up to emerge the winners at 55 goals to 30.

The whole team must be praised for exceptionally good play but special congratulations must go to Sophie Luck for her accurate shooting, she missed just three chances at goal in the whole of the game,  and to our awesome defensive pair of  Kike Solanke and Kris Sim.  Bethany Lamb also deserves a particular  mention for making her first team debut.

Miss Telford said that the amount of support the girls received last night, particularly from members of staff, some of whom were new to netball, was very encouraging!

There are now just eight schools in the whole of the country left in the tournament.  The girls will face Portsmouth Grammar School (away)  in the quarter finals, which have to be played before half term.



Sensational seasons for U14 and U15 hockey

As the end of the hockey season approaches, the U15, U14 and U13B girls have every reason to be proud of their achievements.  All three teams finished their seasons undefeated in their programmes of regular matches. 

u152The U15s started off slowly, with a draw against Queenswood, but the girls soon found their stride and a string of wins followed.  Highlights of their season must include a very satisfying 6-1 victory against Chelmsford County High and a 3-2  win against Forest; previous encounters with the Forest team had always ended in draws.  In all they have scored 29 goals, and only conceded 6. 

A very strong U14 squad have enjoyed 100% success.  They have played 9 and won 9, including 7-0 victories against Brentwood and Forest.  The girls also have a fantastic goal difference, scoring 36 and conceding merely 5! The Essex County Championships saw more good performances from the U14s; they achieved  second  place, so reaching the East Regional finals where they finished in very creditable fourth place.

The U13Bs should also be congratulated on their performances.  They, too, finish the season with an unbeaten record: played 7, won 7, scored 26 and conceded 6.




Book Award for Deputy Head

Congratulations to Mr Joe Layburn, Deputy Head of the Prep School, whose second children's novel, Street Heroes has won the Tower Hamlets Children's Book Award. It faced tough competition- Ros Asquith came second and Pete Johnson third.   The awards ceremony took place on Friday 25 November at the Idea Store a big, modern library in Whitechapel and there were lots of children in attendance  who'd read the book..

The book award is given to the best fiction book for ages 10 - 13 voted for by pupils in years 5 - 8 in Tower Hamlets' Schools.  The aims of the competition are to encourage children to read, to bring children together to enable debate and discussion about books and to encourage children to share the pleasure of reading.

Senior Team Maths Challenge

STMC_runners_up_2011v2Congratulations to Adan Mordcovitch, Rishi Bhabutta, Anand Goel and Nick Slack who represented Bancroft’s in the London Regional Final of the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge held at Queen Mary University on 24 November.

They put in a splendid performance, finishing as runners-up to Highgate School and beating Westminster School who were place third.

Both Highgate School and Westminster School are previous winners of the National Final of this competition and our team’s performance against tough opposition from the leading London schools was highly impressive.

Very well done!