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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.


OBS’ DAY 2018

Sunday 1st July
from 10am till 6pm
10.00 5 aside mini football tournament
11.00 Founder’s Fizz and Coffee in the Quad
11.45 Chapel Service with a plaque dedication to Dr Peter Scott
12.20 Wreath Laying
13.00 Lunch (by ticket only max 2 per OB) and bar opens
14.00 Swimming and badminton courts open
14.30 Twenty/20 cricket
14.30 Tours of the school
15.00 Founding Head of Prep School Tony Duncan – Celebration of Life
– Prep School Hall
15.00 Crazy Golf in the Quad
15.30 Children’s Entertainer Mr Happy
15.30 Netball
16.00 Afternoon Tea until 16.45
18.00 Bars close
Why not drop in and catch up with friends from your time at School!
No ticket required free entry for family and friends of OB's all Day


Phil Lavender OB 1987-2004


Charity Tough Mudder Run on behalf of Epilepsy Research UK



Many of you I hope will remember Phil who is Claude Lavender's (the OBA Secretary's)  son.  


Phil is hoping that OBs will be able to sponsor him in completeing a Tough Mudder Challenge on Sunday 8th of July.

Phil is completeing this event, in aid of Epilepsy Research UK 


This is an area close to Phil as you may probably already know,

Phil has had epilepsy since he was 14 and he is keen to help fund research into the condition. 

Anyone who can support his efforts can do so on his secure Just Giving page (click below. 




Crofton Singers 70th Anniversary Concert


With the very kind support of the Drapers Company, in December the Crofton Singers was able to celebrate its 70th Anniversary Year in the exceptional Drapers Hall.
A number of former singers and friends enjoyed a varied programme from the choir’s repertoire including Christmas music from the 16th to 20th centuries. Three pieces from this concert have been put onto youtube: which can be seen via the choir’s website www.croftonsingers.org.uk
Sadly, this was also the final event for Simon Pusey, who had been the choir’s musical director since 2009. The singers had greatly appreciated Simon’s musical skills – and his unique family connections with the choir.
In January the choir welcomed Jonathan Rathbone as its new musical director, who brought with him a wealth of experience, not least his many years as director of the Swingle Singers. The singers were thrilled to have attracted his interest and are really enjoying his new inspirational leadership.
The choir has been fortunate to secure funding to give some free concerts in Bow over the next couple of years, but still plans to sing locally – including for the Woodford Festival in October.
Rohini Rajendram (OB 1991-2002)

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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