Bancroft’s Broadcasts: the School’s Podcast

Welcome to Bancroft's Broadcasts, the podcast where we talk to staff, parents, pupils and special guests to find out more about life within the school and of matters of current educational interest. A new episode is released every two weeks during term times.

All episodes are available on:

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Episode 9: A Year in Review with Simon Marshall & Joe Layburn

We take a look back with Simon Marshall and Joe Layburn at t the last academic year and also take a glimpse at the summer ahead.

4 July 2022, 32 minutes Listen here

Episode 8: Pride club and Pride Week at Bancroft’s School with Gill Entwistle & Ian Lucas.

In this episode we’re meeting Gill Entwistle, Drama teacher & Ian Lucas.What roles do Pride Club and Pride Week have at Bancroft’s School? To find out we speak to Gill Entwistle, a teacher at the school as well as being a diversity & inclusion mentor, and Ian Lucas, a longstanding queer activist who’s seen many changes since his own school days.

Gill and Ian  help us understand more about how sexuality and inclusion can be seen at Bancroft’s and we discuss the value of positivity and openness. We learn about the plans for Pride Week at Bancroft’s and we are reassured that support is there for pupils considering who they are and how they feel.

24 June 2022. 27 minutes Listen here

Episode 7: Speaking with Deputyty Head Academic, Dr Matthew Lim

In this episode we’re meeting Dr Matthew Lim who is Deputy Head Academic at the school. We ask Matthew about his role at Bancroft’s and about his understanding of what makes the school such a special place to learn. Matthew tells us what he brings to his teaching career from his previous work as a scientist.

10 June 2022. 22 minutes Listen here

Episode 6: Reflections from our Heads of House

For this episode of Bancroft’s broadcasts we’re meeting four guests who know the life at the school better than perhaps anyone. Maha, Lucy, Georgia and Constance are our four outgoing Heads of House and, as they approach their final weeks at the school, they reflect on their time at Bancroft’s, picking out some favourite memories and offering some advice to younger pupils.

29 May 2022. 24 minutes Listen here

Episode 5: Preparing for the Future, Careers Education at Bancroft’s

Michelle Dean our Head of Careers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship discusses the importance of careers education, how it applies to different age groups and what advice she has for children and parents discussing career options.

6 May 2022, 24 minutes Listen here

Episode 4: Exam Preparation and Dealing with Exam Stress

In this episode of our podcast, our Director of Learning Strategy,  Antonia Fryer-Green, and Exams Officer, Claire Everett-Ellis, explain how children can best prepare for exams and how sometimes space and time to relax before exams can be as important as revising.

22 April 2022, 33 minutes

Episode 3: Gurdip Chana Invites Chris Hemmings to Talk About Positive Masculinity

In this episode of our podcast we’re talking to Gurdip Chana, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator as well as author and journalist Chris Hemmings. Chris, author of Be A Man, has visited Bancroft’s to talk to pupils about positive masculinity.

25 March 2022, 32 minutes

Episode 2: Stepping into the Prep School with Head Joe Layburn

In this episode we’re talking to Joe Layburn – Head of Bancroft’s Prep School. Joe will talk all about the Prep School, what he brings to the role and how Bancroft’s Prep prepares pupils for their future.

11 March 2022, 21 minutes

Episode 1: Simon Marshall, Head of Bancroft’s, opens Bancroft’s new podcast

In our first episode we’re talking to Head of Bancroft’s, Simon Marshall, about life at the school, the challenges a Head faces and what Simon does to unwind during the weekends.

24 February 2022, 23 minutes

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