Bancroft’s School

Overview of Bancroft’s School and 11 Plus information

Address: Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0RF



Boys – Yes

Girls – Yes

School Size – c. 850 – 860

Bancroft’s School Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

Bancroft’s School 11 Plus Exam – English and mathematics

Bancroft’s School – Overview

Bancroft’s is a selective, co-educational independent day school for pupils aged between 7 and 18 years.  It was founded in 1773 in the East End of London and moved to purpose-built accommodation on its present seven-acre site in Woodford in 1889.  Since its foundation, the school has been supported by the Worshipful Company of Drapers.  The school is a charitable trust with a single governing body and the head of the senior school has overall responsibility for the whole school.

The school has a total of 1115 pupils. It comprises two sections, each with its own head.  The preparatory school is for pupils aged 7 – 11 years, and occupies its own self-contained building.  The senior school consists of 856 pupils, of whom 242 are in the sixth form.  Boys slightly outnumber girls.  Pupils are drawn from the surrounding area and come from families of a wide range of social, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The school admits pupils of all faiths and those of none.  Capital development has seen the building of an art centre, a sixth form library, an information and communication technology (ICT) suite together with new laboratories and classrooms.  Courses in GCSE drama and Russian have been introduced and Mandarin is now offered with the sixth form.  Communication systems with parents and pupils have been modernised, and the latter now have access to the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

The school aims to be a centre of excellence which provides the highest academic standards and an educational experience which is enriched by a vibrant cultural environment.  Further emphasis is placed on fostering self-motivation, mutual respect and a strong sense of social responsibility, enabling pupils to be successful adults who will make a difference in the 21st century world and in the communities in which they live.

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