Bancroft's School is an HMC, co-educational, day school for 1000 pupils aged 7 to 18. Founded by the Drapers' Company in 1737, following a bequest from Francis Bancroft, the School still maintains its historic links with the City and combines the best of traditional values with innovative practices. In 1889, the School moved to Woodford Green and into the present Victorian building with its elegant chapel and quadrangle. In contrast, the Prep School, which was established in 1990, is housed in an airy, purpose-built, contemporary building.
I was initially attracted to the school by the tradition of academic excellence, which is achieved within the framework of a warm and supportive community. Results are outstanding: in 2015 92% of A Levels were awarded A*/A or B grades and the school consistently appears in the top hundred schools nationally.
Excellence isn't restricted to examination success and there is a wide range of activities on offer to the pupils, both in and out of the classroom. The pupils here do everything that we did at Christ's Hospital, my previous school, which is a boarding school, but they cram it into a shorter day. It's frantic here from 8 am to 6 pm, then it all goes quiet! There's an awful lot going on here and the children are involved in a variety of activities. Bancroft's pupils are always very busy: CCF, DofE, a whole range of sports, music, drama, organising events to raise money for charities. I am lucky to be working with such a committed and enthusiastic staff and the children are well supported by a strong pastoral framework. However, the thing that really appealed to me about Bancroft's was the children. They are youngsters who tell it how it is and who strive to do well in whatever they do! Children here can find out what they are good at and follow their enthusiasms.
Bancroft's has a strong tradition of funding academically bright children whose families might otherwise struggle to finance an independent education. One in five Bancroft's pupils receive some kind of financial help, with Francis Bancroft's Scholarships and other means-tested awards giving children from less well-off families the opportunity to come to Bancroft's.
My overriding philosophy is a simple one. I strongly believe that since each child goes through school only once, it is crucial that they have the best possible experience whilst they are there.
Mrs Mary E Ireland, BSc, DipEd, CBiol,MIBiol