School News

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?


Triumphant tour for the U12s

IMG_4392The U12s undertook a mini tour into deepest Essex during the first week of the vacation.  It proved to be a resounding success.  The boys played six, won six and picked up the J K Lever 20:20 Trophy along the way.  Although the sun didn't always shine, there wasn't a drop of rain to be seen all week and play remained unbroken! 

The week's worth of cricket saw victories against: Coopers' Coburn, Ilford County High, Boswells, KEGS, Newport Free and Colchester Royal Grammar School.

In the course of the week, Bancroft's scored 758 at a cost of 19 wickets, with their opponents scoring a total of 511 runs at a cost of 48 wickets.

Notable performances came from Angad Nijjar who beat Matt Reid Evans post-2000 bowling record for wickets in a season with 36 dismissals.  Angad also came 9 runs short of Samraj Sadra's record of runs in a season, with 718 runs.  Tom Oliver also notched up over 500 runs this season and Will Hopkins has scored 470 runs.  Prashan Clare took thirty wickets.

There is clearly a great deal of potential amongst this young squad: the future of cricket at Bancroft's looks assured!  Furthermore, the boys have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, not  just on the tour but over the whole of the season.


Bancroft's Got Talent

Bancroft’s Got Talent proved to be a triumphant end to a very busy School year.   A capacity audience was treated to a display of twelve acts from across all year groups which displayed the depth of talent amongst our pupils.

 The four judges nominated vocalist Nadia Abraham (5N) and dance troupe “Unexpected” to fight it out in a final face-off, to be judged by the audience.  “Unexpected” (L6 boys: Charlie Forbes, Charlie Langbridge, Calum Lomas, Dominic Jacobs, Theo Kaltsas and Chanil Patel) clinched the title of Bancrofts Got Talent champions with their clever dance routine which had everyone trying to work out just how they did it.

The audience was further entertained by Rotary Young Musician of the Year Rebecca Leung,  Mr Jonah Cushman, as he said his farewell to Bancroft’s,  and a very special Glee tribute act.

The evening, organised by James Smith of 5S, raised a fantastic £2500 for The Good Shepherd Project, which seeks to protect the street children of Brazil’s shanty towns from exposure to the drug, alcohol, physical and sexual abuse that permeates the impoverished communities. This money will be used to provide equipment for the project to run games and crafts, and also to support volunteers working within the project this summer.

Deputy Head, Mr Mikdadi, said, "Bancroft's Got Talent was an excellent way to showcase the variety of talent at the school, celebrate the end of term and raise a significant amount of money. The winning act, Unexpected, were truly unexpected and raised the roof on the night".


To see "Unexpected’s"  winning routine go to:

Nadia’s version of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love can be found at: