Tatler Schools Guide
Once again we are delighted to see Bancroft’s feature as one of the “Top Public Schools in the UK” in this month’s Tatler Schools Guide. This is a higly prestigious guide and we are clearly in very illustrious company!
The libraries and study areas in Bancroft’s Victorian Gothic quad bustle with industry. There’s a new maths room and physics lab “to meet a growing appetite” the school says and it’s hard to imagine a student body more enthusiastic about the mathematical sciences with 58 out of 71 getting A* or A last year. Three sixth formers were Arkwright Scholars and leavers go off to do engineering, medicine, zoology and architecture. Impressed yet? Academic results are in fact, stupendous across the board: 91 per cent A*-B at A level and 83 percent A*-A at GCSE. More means-tested scholarships are now available under the Bancroft’s Foundation, launched for the school’s 275th anniversary. There are plenty of triumphs in the sports arena too, and lots of tours – the rugby team are going to Asia. Netball is the top game, with the under-19s on their way to the national finals – again. CCF is huge and “clearly thriving” according to the CCF biennial review. DofE is another winner: 16 gold awards in 2011. This is a big school, with big buildings and a big student body and truly popular head Mary Ireland is, we’re told, especially good at making the newbies feel at home.
(Examination data for academic year 2010-2011)