School News

Olympiad Success

Many congratulations to Ben Yelverton (U6N) for achieving a Gold award in the British Physics Olympiad.  This means that he is in the top 50 out of over 1,600 students who participated across the UK: a terrific achievement.

Lorcan Murphy (U6S)  also did very well in the Olympiad receiving a Bronze I award;  a further 9 Bancroftians received Commendations.

The paper was designed to stretch and challenge the top young physicists in the country in a national competition, with every question presenting a real challenge!

Students who achieved a Gold award will be invited to participate in the next round in the British Physics Olympiad competition, namely the selection process for the National Physics Olympiad Team which competes in the Worldwide Physics Olympiad competition.

Congratulations also to Adan Mordcovich (U6S) who has gained a Distinction in the Senior Maths Olympiad.  Nationally, about 100,000 pupils sat the first round of this competition, the Senior Maths Challenge, with the top 1000 reaching the next stage, the Senior Maths Olympiad. Adan’s result places him comfortably within the top 250 pupils in the elite Olympiad, which is an outstanding achievement.

Cartoon Success

Anna Tindall (5N) was recently announced as a runner up in the Under 18 Category of The British Cartoonist's Association Competition to find the Young Cartoonist of the Year. The competition, which attracted around 1500 entries, was judged by a panel of eleven of our most distinguished press cartoonists, including Steve Bell of The Guardian, Banx from The Financial Times and Peter Brookes of The Times.

Entrants could choose any topic; A4 was the maximum size and the piece needed to be freehand.  Anna's  cartoon "Oat Cuisine" appears below and also features on the website of the Cartoon Museum.


OBs honoured at St James' Palace

Sixteen of our former pupils were invited to St James' Palace on Wednesday 30  November 2011.  Here they were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards by the scheme’s founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT.  Bancroft’s pupils have a history of DofE success:  consistently achieving amongst the highest number of Gold Awards for any School in the country; however, it is unusual to have quite such a large number of pupils invited to attend the same ceremony!  Most of the pupils left Bancroft’s a year ago in June 2010, so the ceremony also acted as a happy reunion with old friends.

The Gold Award is the pinnacle of achievement in the scheme, usually taking a two year period to complete.  Participants have to show sustained commitment in a variety of fields including community service and physical activity.  They also need to complete a demanding expedition and attend a residential course.

The School recently celebrated the achievements of younger pupils at both Bronze and Silver levels



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.