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Bancroft’s School

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Bancroft’s School

Address: High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0RF
Website: www.bancrofts.org
Founded: 1737
Number of Pupils: 1119 (261 prep and 858 senior)
Ages: 7-18
Fees 2019-20: Prep: £5,217 per term; senior: £6,349 per term
Head Teacher: Mr Simon M Marshall, MA, MPhil
Religious Affiliation: Church of England, but multi-denominational
Entrance Procedure: School’s own examinations and reference form current school. Interviews for 11+ and 16+. 7+: tests in non-verbal reasoning, maths, reading , writing & understanding; 11+: currently examinations in English (comprehension & writing) & maths; 16+: examinations in two of proposed A-level subjects.
Contact: Mrs S Wallis, Admissions Registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: For entry 2021, open events are: 7+: 2 May and 10 October; 11+: 6 June and 14 September; 16+: 29 September.

The Curriculum

High academic standards lie at the heart of Bancroft’s. We provide a balanced curriculum and develop pupils’ talents in a wide range of activities, whilst promoting their intellectual growth.

Games & the Arts

Wide ranging programme of sports catering both for elite athletes and those who see sports as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Strong and ambitious arts with regular concerts and productions. Changing art displays show breadth and depth of talent.

Pastoral Care

If a child is not happy, they are unlikely to flourish, either academically or socially; therefore, pastoral care lies at the core of everything we do. We feel strongly that everyone is a piece in the pastoral jigsaw and our overarching approach is holistic and proactive.  Core values of kindness, curiosity, integrity, courage, balance and excellence, guide our practice with a view to making pupils the best version of themselves.

University Places

75 per cent per go to Russell Group Universities, and 10 per cent go to Oxbridge each year.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

The wellbeing of each pupil is central and a Bancroft’s education is grounded on our core values: curiosity, integrity, kindness, courage, balance and excellence. By encouraging pupils to develop these qualities and to take advantage of the opportunities we provide, we hope to enable them to become the best possible versions of themselves.

Outstanding Characteristics

  • Set of six core overarching values
  • Exceptional academic achievements
  • Focus on wellbeing with strong pastoral care
  • Pupil-centric curriculum for public exam years; pupils are given free choice for subjects.
  • Holistic approach to year 7 and 8 curriculum
  • Wide ranging co-curriculum fully integrated into school life (over 100 clubs & activities)


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