School News

Daniel Clack's funeral

Lieutenant Daniel John Clack Clack's Funeral will be held, subject to the Coroner, on Thursday 25 August at 1.30pm at St Paul's Church, Woodford Bridge and afterwards at the Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road Essex IG8 8AE.  Parking is available at the church and at the Price Regent Hotel.  The funeral service will be followed by a private cremation.

Donations and Tributes if desired:

  • Donations: 1 Rifles Swift & Bold Wrist Band Appeal (
  • Floral Tributes: By 10:00 am  Thursday 25 August to the Funeral Directors: Gilderson and Sons, 49 High St Barkingside, Essex,IG6 2AD


Best Ever A Level Results!

There was much cause for celebration this morning as the Upper Sixth discovered the results of their hard work over the past two years!

In a year when reports indicate that results nationwide have flattened out, it is great to report that our pupils have seen the best ever set of A level results.  An impressive 91% of all exams have been awarded grades A*, A or B: showing an increase from 87% last year.  The number of A*s awarded was up from 21% to 24%, well above the national average of 8%. 

Almost half of the year group (54 out of 112)  achieved 3 or more A* or A grades.  with six talented and hard working students with  four or more A*s.alevelsweb7  Ayako Henson gained five A*s at A Level and an A* in her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification); she is off to Cambridge to read Geography.  Liam Flynn and Arun Kirupakaran  both achieved four A*s and are destined for Cambridge where they will be studying Medicine.  Amar Sood  is off to read Computer Science at Trinity College, Cambridge.  Both Luca Mariano  and Tanvi Raje, also with  four A*s each, are heading for Imperial College, London to read Mathematics.  The School sees sixteen of its pupils progressing to either Oxford or Cambridge this year and thirteen pupils will be studying medicine (including dentistry and vet science)

Head, Mary Ireland, said that the pupils are to be congratulated on their fantastic achievements and hard work,  “This has been a particularly stressful year for Sixth Formers, in which we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students applying to universities, together with an inflexibility shown by  universities over offers because of the government  capping places.  Unfortunately, this has led to a situation where lots of really good students could miss out on their places.   The pupils should be very proud of their achievements.  We wish them all the very best for the future."



OB Lieutenant Daniel John Clack killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that we report the death of OB Daniel Clack (1998-2005) while serving in Afghanistan.  Lieutenant Clack of C Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES), was killed in action on Friday 12 August 2011.

He  was killed while leading a ten-man patrol into the village of Dactran to speak to the local nationals and discuss a shura due to take place the next day. His death occurred when his patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device, killing Lieutenant Clack and injuring five other members of the patrol.

Dan was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with C Company, 1 RIFLES, in command of 8 Platoon. He was a pupil at Bancroft’s from 1998-2005, during which period he was in the School CCF, serving as senior NCO in 2005.   Mr Jeremy Bromfield has described Dan as "one of the best" saying, "He had an excellent career at Bancroft's and was highly respected by staff and peers alike. He was a leader of the highest quality and integrity." 

After School,he read Geography at Exeter University before joining The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2009 and was commissioned into The Rifles in April 2010. Mr Bromfield met Dan shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan in the spring, when he was looking forward to putting all his training into practice.  Mr Bromfield said, "He knew the risks but his only concern was whether he would be up to the mark as a platoon commander. On that score I had no doubts and my confidence has been confirmed by the moving tributes paid by his comrades in arms. We can ill afford to lose men of his calibre."

Letters of condolence can be sent for forwarding to his family via:
The Rifles (London Office)
52-54 Davies Street

Fabulous French tour for band!

On Wednesday, July 20th, members of Bancroft’s School’s Concert  Band and the Bancroft’s Swingers left for Paris, where they would give an exciting series of concerts. The band, a group of pupils ranging in age from 11 to 17, began the tour by performing in various parks throughout the city. The weather was perfect for playing outside and everyone performed to an excellent standard, attracting an enthusiastic crowd of supporters each time. In addition to giving concerts, the group found time to visit some of the sights of the city, including a trip to the top of the Eiffel tower.

The tour finished with a whole day spent at Disneyland Paris, where we had booked a slot on an indoor stage. A downpour of rain arrived just as the concert was due to start, which resulted in a particularly large audience gathering for the final performance! It was a great experience for all of the students involved; the trip was thoroughly enjoyable while also developing our musical skills.

Ben Yelverton

Regional Selection for Hockey Players

Well done to six of our Essex hockey players who have been selected to attend the Junior Regional Performance Centre; this is the East of England training and selection camp and it is extremely difficult to get into.  The East Region covers a huge area: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, etc.  Successful players are considered amongst the very best in the county for their age group.    The six players are: Anna Hubbard, Lizzie Wroblewski, Annabel Smith, Seb Burke, Sai Johal and T J Ashaye.  Next stop national level?