Category Archives: 2019

IAPS Fencing Championships

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Well done to the 4 Pinewood children who represented us at the IAPS Fencing Championships at Millfield last weekend. All our fencers were fencing in age groups where they were young for the category, in some cases fencing opponents up to 15 months older, so they did very well and we are very proud of them all! Particular congratulations go to our Year 7 pupils Lottie J, who competed in all 3 disciplines at U13 level and won Bronze in epee and foil, and Ben T, who won Bronze in U13 foil.

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Whole School Photograph

The whole school photograph is now available to view and order by visiting and using the following details:

Login: 401904

Password: 174083

A copy of the photo is available to view in the window in the hall, where you can also pick up an order form.

Please note that orders should be placed by 14th June 2019. Orders after this date may incur a late charge.

Friends of Pinewood Clothes Sale

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A HUGE thank you to Friends of Pinewood for organising the brilliant clothes sale last Thursday and Friday – what a fun way to shop for new clothes over a glass of champagne and canapés or a cup of coffee and a chat with friends! Thank you to everyone who donated clothes and to all those who came and supported FOP at the event.

We are thrilled to announce that the clothes sale raised £2300 – all of which will be donated to Helen & Douglas House, who provide hospice care for babies, children and young people in Oxfordshire and the surrounding area.

Announcement of New Headmaster

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The Board of Governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Neal Bailey as Headmaster of Pinewood School on the retirement of Philip Hoyland in Summer 2020.

Neal is currently Head at Mowden Hall in Northumberland, since September 2014, and has previously worked at Cothill House School and as Headmaster at Chateau de Sauveterre. Prior to entering teaching, he enjoyed a successful career in investment banking. Neal has a keen interest in sport, enjoying a wide variety of activities, including rackets, football, surfing and tennis. He also enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

Neal will be joined at Pinewood by his wife Nicola, who is keen to play a full role within the School, and their two boys, aged 10 and 8.

In the course of the next three terms, Neal and Nicola will visit Pinewood, subject to continuing their excellent work at Mowden, and they are very much looking forward to meeting parents and members of the school community.

The Governors are confident that Neal and Nicola will continue the outstanding efforts delivered by Philip and Henrietta over the past 18 years and we very much look forward to welcoming them into the Pinewood community.

Robin Badham-Thornhill – Chairman of Governors

FOP Poetry Challenge

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There was an excellent level of response to the Friends of Pinewood Poetry Activities Challenge over the Easter Holidays.

Children in Years 7 and 8 were asked to read 21 poems and respond to them in a variety of ways. This year saw some promising writing from many of the pupils, and some beautiful artistic responses to some of the poems.

Of the responses we received, 11 pupils handed in exceptional work, and of those, after much deliberation, it was decided that those who had evidently made the most original and intelligent responses, and engaged with all the poems most thoughtfully were Melissa W, Sophie V and Caitlin F. The other 8 to be highly commended are Fred D, Seb W, Rosa H, Eli B, Georgie V, Lottie J, Hattie S and Amelie J.

Many thanks to Friends of Pinewood, who have kindly sponsored this event, enabling us to provide book tokens for the winners, and some notebooks for all who participated well.

Riding at the Stonar One Day Event

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What a fantastic weekend for all the Pinewood riders at the Stonar NSEA One Day Event!

Fun was had by all, some rosettes, some speed, some hiccups, but a lot of happy children and parents at the end of the weekend, after an early start for some.  Stonar put on such a fantastic event; it is very welcoming for newcomers at the lower levels, and caters for all abilities, with a more challenging course on the Sunday. We welcomed two new riders: Mimi M and Mirabel W, who both had a great debut outing.

The 70cm team (Oscar F, Mimi, Mirabel & Annabel K) came 2nd, with Oscar coming 3rd individually, and Mimi and Annabel taking 6th place. In the 80cm Tabitha M came 2nd individually, and Bert & Arthur S and Harry (although slightly too fast) had great double clears for the team. On Sunday our 90cm team had great fun in the sun: Rex K had a fabulous double clear, Poppy A also had a great double clear only to realise that she’d jumped the bigger cross-country fence and was eliminated!!! Tara L had an awesome dressage.

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Thank you to all those who competed. You all rode so bravely and determinedly, Pinewood is very proud of all your riding efforts. It takes an enormous amount of hard work to even get to these one day events, let alone compete in them!

Pinewood Fencing Challenge

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It was a great day for Pinewood at our own Fencing Challenge on Sunday.  We led the way with a 12 medal haul against almost 60 other children coming from Bath, Stroud, Stonehouse, Bristol, Newbury and Gloucester, as well as schools more local to Swindon.

The Pinewood results were as follows, well done to you all:

Year 4 & below Girls Foil:

Gold: Georgia L

Silver: Lola F

Bronze: Olivia K

Year 5 & 6 Boys Foil:

5th: Hugo F (& winner of Best Improved Fencer medal)

7th: Joao Filipe R

Year 7 & 8 Boys Foil:

7th: Theo A

Year 3 & 4 Girls Epee:

Gold: Lola F

Silver: Olivia K

Joint Bronze: Georgia L & Eva S

Year 5 & 6 Boys Epee:

Silver: Arthur G R

5th: Harry A

6th: George W-C

7th: Joao Filipe R

8th: Hugo F

Year 7 & 8 Boys Epee

Bronze: Angus B

Year 7 & 8 Boys Sabre

Bronze: Arthur G R (even though he is still in Year 5!)

Year 5 & 6 Boys Sabre:

Gold: Arthur G R

Year 3 & 4 Girls Sabre:

Gold: Olivia K (& winner of Girl at Arms)

Refereeing on the day was provided from the school by Angus B, Zac F and Ben T – thank you very much, boys, for your help.

A big thank you to Neil Bromley for organising the Pinewood Fencing Challenge!

Pinewood Year 5 Primary Schools Maths Challenge


We were delighted to welcome 11 visiting schools to this year’s Maths Challenge.

The children got straight into working out various warm up puzzles. The first competitive round was the mental questions, followed by the ever-popular challenge round. This consisted of 6 puzzles to be solved in 6 minutes with a number of points available to the teams. Team work and quick-thinking were key to success, as well as fluency with basic numerical calculations. Finally, teams had to compete to win letters in the Alpharace round – answering questions to be the first to take the star off the wall. Chaos ensued, but it was clear from their faces that the children were having a blast solving Maths questions quickly (and accurately).

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Following the challenge, the teams moved to the terrace for tea and prize giving. Our Pinewood team finished a very respectable 4th place, with Longcot and Fernham taking first place. A big thank you and well done to all the teams and staff from local schools who took part, the bus drivers who picked them up, the Pinewood Year 7 and 8 pupils, who helped, and Mr Benbow for his tremendous help. We look forward to running another stimulating and challenging competition next year.