Founded in 1737 at the bequest of Francis Bancroft, Bancroft's School is still proud of its links with the City and the Drapers Company. Bancroft’s is day school for 800 pupils (aged 11 to 18), situated in suburban north east London, on the fringes of Epping Forest. At the centre of the school is a beautiful Victorian quadrangle, beyond lies a cluster of modern buildings containing, amongst others, a multi-purpose sports hall, performing arts centre, art block, and sixth form centre.
At Bancroft’s we believe that since every child only goes through School once, it is important to make sure that experience is as positive as it can be. Bancroft’s is an exciting, cosmopolitan community made up of young people who want to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer both in and out of the classroom. We are fortunate to have an experienced and committed staff as well as first class facilities, so that children can discover their strengths and follow their enthusiasms. There is a very real sense of being part of a supportive community too, with pupils from an eclectic mix of backgrounds learning to work together and thrive. Academic results are unashamedly excellent: 2017 saw 70% of all A levels achieve either an A* or A grade, and almost all of our Sixth Formers continue their studies at university, with around 75% going on to Russell Group Institutions. The co-curricular life of the school is a busy one: a large CCF, a highly popular DofE scheme, Sea Scouts and a busy calendar of sporting fixtures, concerts and dramatic productions. If you are interested in finding out more about Bancroft’s, please come and see the school in action on an Open Day or a normal working day: we are confident you will see that our pupils are our best advertisement.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The Senior School awards Academic Scholarships (including Drapers’ Scholarships), Means Tested Awards (including Francis Bancroft Awards and Foundation Awards) and Music Scholarships at 11+ and for Sixth Form entry at 16+.
In assessing potential scholars, we look for academic leadership and intellectual curiosity. We try to distinguish the bright from the well drilled, the inspired from the effective and we aim to uncover flair. Considerable time is taken to ensure that the process is fair.
Candidates who are not awarded a Scholarship may be offered a fee-paying place at the School. Those who have applied for Scholarships only are not considered for fee-paying places, even if their performance was good enough to have earned them a place in the School.
Candidates who are offered a Scholarship must also fulfil the minimum entry requirements. These awards continue whilst the pupil maintains their educational potential and abides by the School rules and policies.
At Bancroft’s we work hard to keep extras to a minimum so that budgeting is as straightforward as possible for parents.
Fees include School lunches, all curriculum related books, materials and some curriculum related external trips.
Fees do not include Uniform, sports kit, tuition in instrumental music or speech lessons, entrance fees for public examinations, subscriptions or payments for activities outside the curriculum, such as the CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Cubs, Sea Scouts and the Old Bancroftians’ Association.
Extras are only added to the fee bill with parents’ permission, and are charged a term in arrears. Trips and Expeditions which are not part of the curriculum are charged at cost and payable in full, usually in instalments, before the trip takes place.