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This Website is intended to help the Association meet its main objective of enabling former pupils of Bancroft's School to keep in touch with each other and the School.


OBA and Bancrofts School Newsletters now available

Insight Newsletter Autumn 2018


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Henry Chaloner (OB 1907 - 12)
Henry was a WW1 survivor will be remembered as part of the BBC Remembrance Day Commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War.
When at Bancroft;s Henry was awarded 1st Year Art prize and as a result Rosemary his daughter with her brother Michael and sister Joan funded an ongoing 1st Year Art prize in their father Henry's name.
Rosemary contacted us as Henry along with many other Bancroftians fought in the First World War and survived.
Rosemary was approached by the BBC recently to tell the story of Henry Chaloner's war and she understands from the Producer, a brief film of this will be shown at the beginning of the BBC's Remembrance Day Commemorations on Sunday 11th November this year. Rosemary has attended "Visitation Days" in the past with her family and hopes to be able to do so in the future.

OBA Northern Dinner (Oct 2018)

The Annual Northern Dinner 2018 was a great success although attendance was a little lower than hoped. Those that did make the trip to Llyndir Hall Hotel in Rossett were not disappointed. There was great conversation all evening, anecdotes of memories past, a touch of the Monty Python what did the Romans ever do for us – the closeness of Chester might have played a part. A wonderful conversation at breakfast the next morning when Keith Perch wondered why the doctor he had spoken too (Mary Boulas’s husband) couldn’t help his knee problem, perhaps it was because he was a Gynaecologist! Nevertheless a great evening was had by all and when asked who had been good over the last 12 months all the former school house boarders raised their hands – always ones to claim innocence. Ed Sautter (OBA president) closed the evening with a great resume of what the school OBA and the wider Bancroft’s community are doing and we finished all looking forward to next year. This is great OBA event for the those based in the regions and a good excuse for us southerners to go to the north. Thanks to all who attended a great evening.

Bancrofts School - 4th Epping Forest Sea Scouts

This is very active part of the school community

 Click here to learn more http://www.4thefsscouts.org.uk/home

Tim Bateman (OB1973-80)

It is with sadness that we report that Tim passed away on 13 October in hospital.

He had suffered from a Glioblastoma multiforme Grade 4 (brain tumour) for almost 3 years. Tim stayed positive throughout his illness, he was loved by everyone who came to care for him, the staff at UCLH and the carers in the nursing home he went to in mid-July.He inspired love and loyalty amongst his friends and colleagues at Redbridge Council,  his comic collecting friends and his friends locally.

He was involved with supporting green initiatives in his community in Ilford including helping organise the Green Fair in Valentines Park and will be much missed by his friends and family.

With thanks to his sister  Philippa Bateman (OB1981-83) 

Ralph Ellis (OB 1968-74)

It is with sadness we report the passing of Ralph Ellis.

The funeral will be held at  Weston Crematorium at 1.30pm on Monday October 15th. 

The wake will then be at the Nut Tree pub in Worle (half a mile from the service).  

Weston Crematorium Ebdon Road, Worle, BS22 9NY

No flowers requested -  A donation/comments page has been set up at https://ralph-ellis.muchloved.com/ and may I ask those who have sent condolence comments to me to now place them there?


Bancrofts School Insight Summer 2018 

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Bancroft's School

Interested in applying to Bancroft's for 2019 entry

This advert was in the West Ham United programme vs Wolves 1/09/2019

(better than the result on the day I have to say!!)



Bancroft Rugby Football Club 

is 50 years old on 7th Sept 2018!

To celebrate the event the club will be holding a reunion dinner

20th October 2018 at BRFC in Roding Valley.

For more information click here to contact Mike Stout

If you would like to learn more about the opening of BRFC in 1968 then click on the picture above for the full article or follow this link 

Put the 20th October 2018 date in your diary and look out for more information.

With thanks to John Hasselgren for the article



Bancroft’s School is again delighted to be hosting a lunch

in the famous Long Room at Lord’s Ground, to raise funds to assists pupils to participate in sports tours.


Bob Willis, MBE (Warwickshire and England)



Tickets for the event, to include a champagne reception, three course lunch including wine are priced at £140 per head. If booking for a group the table size is 10 or 12.

We would be delighted to welcome individual applicants for tickets, but this is also an excellent opportunity for Corporate Hospitality in a very special and historic room at the heart of what is recognised the world over as the home of Cricket.  The Long Room is not often available for such events and after the success of our previous lunches we are very privileged to be able to host another lunch.

Tickets and further information from:

John Lever, Jeremy Bromfield or Carl Greenidge at

Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0RF - Telephone: 020 8505 4821(School) 07775616533 (JK mobile) 07548668666(CG mobile) or email: jeremy.bromfield@bancrofts.org


Ed Sautter (OB 1970-77)

OBA President 2018-9

First of all, many thanks Nick for your inspirational and energetic year as President -  you have left a big pair of boots to fill.  I am privileged to be the 3rd member of the (vintage!) 1970-1977 year group to become President of the OBA, following in the illustrious footsteps of Siggy Mensah and Malcolm Fleet.  At school I was an enthusiastic classicist (thank you Carl Murray) and historian (thank you Jeremy Bromfield), and occasional thespian (I still say we were robbed by School House in the final of the House Drama Competition).  I was fortunate enough to gain a place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge to study law.  That settled my career trajectory and for almost all of my professional life I have been litigation lawyer with the city firm Mayer Brown (some of you visited the office when we held a business breakfast here).  I’ve now retired from the partnership and these days I work 2 ½ days a week in the firm’s internal professional risk team (some would say that this represents a step up in my productivity).    

I am delighted to have a number of other connections with the School.  My younger daughter Caroline attended the 6th form in 2010-2012 and went on to read Human Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge.  And then, in 2013, I became a Bancroft’s governor, joining the Finance Committee and, just recently, I have also joined the Estates Committee.  I am clearly a glutton for punishment in this regard as I am also Chair of Governors at Queenwood School, Hertfordshire.
It has also been my pleasure and privilege to be a member of the group (masterminded by Jeremy) that has been marking the centenary of World War I by visiting and laying wreaths at  the graves of OBs who fell in France and Belgium during that conflict.   
This is an exciting time, as we seek to enlarge the Bancroft’s community, and the School looks at ways of enhancing its ability to offer boys and girls from diverse backgrounds a wonderful Bancroft’s education.    
During the coming year, I am looking forward to spending time with old friends and making new ones, so please say hello!  


Dear Old Bancroftian,
We wanted to make you aware of a special event which will be held in the Prep School hall at 3pm on Old Bancroftians’ Day, July 1st , namely a celebration of the life and contribution to Bancroft’s of Tony Duncan, the Preparatory School’s founding Head. The Prep School remains a happy, dynamic environment where the children love to learn. This is Tony’s enduring legacy and a great debt is owed to him by so many Bancroftians. 
Tony is still an inspiration to the current Prep School pupils. Shortly before his death last October he took part in the Adelaide City Bay Run, raising more than £14,000 for cancer charities- the Prep School was proud to donate £1,000 of that sum as a token of all he still means to us. We are keen to give others the chance to come together and remember Tony. Tony’s wife Carol will be here with us from Australia on July 1st ;  Peter Southern, the Head of Bancroft’s at the time of Tony’s appointment will introduce proceedings; current Prep pupils will play pieces of music which Tony enjoyed.  
It may be that you would like to contribute a memory of your own which could be incorporated into the event either by being read out, or you may feel you would like to speak yourself.  As well as individuals sharing their memories , we wondered if groups from particular year groups might like to speak collectively. Please do use the following address to contact us: remembering.tonyduncan@bancrofts.org
We look forward to seeing as many of you at 3pm on July 1st, OBs’ Day, as are able to attend.
All best wishes
Joe Layburn Head, Bancroft’s Prep and Amanda Campbell - Chair, OBA

Dr Peter Scott (Headmaster 1996-2007)

It is with great sadness that we have been advised that Dr Peter Scott passed away peacefully in hospital on 28th Feb 2018 after a prolonged illness.

I am sure he will be remembered with fondness by all for his time as the Headmaster at Bancroft's and for his association wiht the school, the OBA and the Drapers' Company.

Peter was a very supportive and approachable Headmaster who was respected by the whole Bancroft’s community. He will be remembered for the positive impact that he had during his years as Headmaster.

Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time.

  If you would like to share a memory of Dr Scott or send a message of condolence to be included in a book of memories and messages to the family then please send your contribution to:
The funeral will take place at Bancroft’s School Chapel on Sat 24th March at 12.00. The family would be pleased to see those of you who are able to come to remember him and to give thanks for his life. 
There will be refreshments afterwards in the Dining Hall which will provide an opportunity to share memories of him.  If you will be attending then, please email ivan.moore@bancrofts.org to confirm.
In recognition of his commitment to Bancroft’s School and his legacy of introducing additional Assisted Places during his time at the School, the family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes to, could make a donation to the Bancroft’s Foundation.  The Foundation was established in 2012 to provide means tested awards in addition to Francis Bancroft Scholarships to allow more talented students to attend Bancroft’s, regardless of background.  
Should you wish to make a donation to the Bancroft’s Foundation, please click here

Bancrofts School Insight Magazine Spring 2018

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Insight Spring 2018

OBA Spring Newsletter 2018

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OB Adam Waller (1957-1963)
We were recently informed by Howard Waller (OB 1954-61) that his brother Adam passed away peacefully on Saturday. 
He had been ill for some time.  He sadly lost his wife, Ann in 2014 and his older brother Stuart in 2013.  He leaves a son and daughter.
The funeral will take place on Monday 19th February at St Mary's Church, Brent Eleigh, nr. Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9NP at 14.15. 
All OB's are welcome.
He was a keen sportsman, playing Rugby for the Old Boys 1st XV.  He was a member of the OBGS for many years.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Important Notice to all OBA Members

With immediate effect access to the OBA membership directory has been suspended.There is a change in Data Protection Law and the regulations for use of personal data. These regulations are monitored by The ICO (The Independent  Commissioners Office) see  https://ico.org.uk/. The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.The OBA along with Bancrofts School and the Bancrofts Foundation will in due course be contacting all stakeholders to ensure that we are compliant with these regulations and how we hold and use your personal data.If you would like to make contact with other OBA members then please contact Susan Day in the OBA Office at Bancrofts School Tel 020 8506 5714 or email susan.day@bancrofts.org We apologise for this change which is necessary due to changes in the law as potentially we could be subject to significant financial penalties for non compliance and use of personal data.

Bancroft Insight Summer  and E news Autumn 2017


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