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IAPS National Athletics Championships

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On a blistering hot day, three of Pinewood‘s athletes travelled up to Birmingham to participate in the annual National Athletics Prep Schools Track & Field Championships. Having qualified through finishing 1st or 2nd in the respective regional events, Wizzy, Poppy and Melissa gave an impressive account of themselves to finish 5th, 2nd and 1st respectively.

Wizzy began the morning with her efforts in the 1500m. From the start of the gun going off, the intense pace of the race made for spectacular viewing. Wizzy finished an impressive 5th; a gutsy performance for one so young.

By lunchtime Poppy had arrived and the Pinewood field events had started. Once again the nerves played their part in Poppy producing three splendid throws. At the end of the third round Poppy had made the final eight. With one more throw left Poppy produced an excellent throw of 26.05m to take silver medal!

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In the last round of events in the day came Melissa’s Girls Under 12 Javelin. Once again Melissa excelled in her competition to record a throw of 26m to win the competition. A fitting finale to another successful season of athletics!

A super set of results on a day Pinewood performed amongst the very best prep school athletes in the country. The school are so very proud of you girls! Well done!


Pinewood Race For Life

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Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on Saturday, it was a wonderful, colourful occasion, as always.

A big thank you to all those who have already donated on our JustGiving page:, we have already raised nearly £600 for Cancer Research UK and the page will stay open for another few weeks, it would be great if we could hit our target of £1000.

For more photos from the event, please go to the Photo Gallery.

National Fencing Champion!

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Congratulations to Lottie, who is now the U11 Epee National Fencing Champion, after competing at the England Youth Fencing Championships at the weekend.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June saw the England Youth Fencing Championships take place at the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village just outside London. Four of our top fencers attended the day, with Zac fencing in both foil and epee.  Ben fenced foil on the Saturday, coming 9th in his first year at U13. On the Sunday, Randeep fenced in the U13 sabre, the first time at the championships and in a higher age group.  Lottie fenced in the U11 girls epee, where the pools were split into groups of 6.  She was unbeaten in this round, scoring 22 hits  against only 5 received.  This gave her the number 1 seed, something she wouldn’t relinquish all day.  With her ranking she then had a couple of byes, waiting for the last 16 where she won 9-2.  The quarter final was a lot tighter, but she pulled ahead at the end to win 10-8.  Her semi-final bout was her Everest, as both girls took it in turns to create a lead, only to be pegged back by the other.  However at 7-7 Lottie’s opponent scored two quick hits to bring her within a point of victory.  Lottie composed herself, learnt from what was happening and ensured she capitalised the next two times to bring a 9-9 draw when time ran out. Sudden death.  One minute fencing and if no hit is scored then the result goes to the toss of coin which happened before the bout started.  Lottie lost the toss so had to score to win. She waited………..and waited………slowly getting closer to her opponent……….30 seconds passed……….she waited……..another 10 seconds…….then another 8 and then she struck – ONE LIGHT and victory to Lottie!  She was in the final!

She had to wait almost an hour for the final, but kept calm and ensured she warmed up whilst the final before hers took place.  She faced the number 2 seed and controlled the bout throughout with excellent distance and formidable hits to the arm and shoulder.  The bout went into the last period but there was only one winner as Lottie won 10-6 to take the title of U11 Girls England Epee Champion!

Lottie also won Gold at the Dunstan Epee Championships the previous weekend, well done Lottie!

Well done also to Ben, who was part of the England team, who won Silver at a team event in Avignon over Half Term.

Flight Centre Triathlon In Aid of Restless Development

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A record number of Pinewood children took part in the triathlon held at Marlborough College on Sunday and hopefully they will have raised a record breaking amount of money for the charity Restless Development.

Well done in particular to three Pinewood teams who recorded fantastic results:

In the Year 3 & 4 category the Pinewood Panthers (James, Bob, Milo and Harry) came 1st out of 98 teams, and the Lightning Laddies (Sam, Bear, Huckleberry and Jack) came 9th.

In the Year 5 & 6 category the Emoji Pineapples (Harriet, Emily, Aoife and Sophie) came 9th out of 120 teams.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

National Youth Fencing Championships

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Congratulations to Ben, who won Bronze (out of a field of 240) in U12 Foil at the British National Youth Fencing Championship Finals in Sheffield this weekend.

Well done also to Lottie, who came 10th (out of a field of 120) in U12 Epee, and to Zac, who came 27th (out of 240) in U12 Foil and 30th (out of 120) in U12 Epee.

These are all tremendous achievements, which they should be very proud of!

Old Pinewoodian Cricket News

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We are delighted to hear that 3 Old Pinewoodians are playing for the Marlborough College 1st XI this term. Well done to Milo Brooks (OP13), Harry Brooks (OP14) and Will Pembroke (OP16). The headmaster is looking forward to watching you play soon!

Pinewood Fencing Challenge

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On Sunday, we hosted our inaugural fencing challenge, with over 60 children competing in foil, epee and sabre.

Well done to all the children who took part, but particularly to the following Pinewood children on their impressive results:


Gold – Brett

Silver – Georgia, Angus, Arthur and Zac


Gold – Arthur & Angus

Silver – Zac & Brett

Bronze – Lottie & Joao Filipe


Gold – Ben

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery

International Fencing Success!


Just before the end of last term, two of our top fencers and their parents flew out to south Poland to compete internationally with other children coming from as far as the United States, India, Israel as well as a host of European countries.  Below, Ben and Lottie have written about their experiences.

Ben: During the Easter holidays Lottie and I competed for the second time at Challenge Wratislavia, the largest fencing tournament in Europe for children.  It took place in Wroclaw, Poland, and went on for five days, with more than 2000 fencers from all around the world participating. There were many categories, on different days, and I fenced in the Under 13 Boys Foil held on the Saturday.   This was the first time I have fenced in this higher age category.

Lottie: I travelled out slightly earlier than Ben as I fenced in Under 11 Girls Epee (Thursday) and Foil (Sunday).  At first I couldn’t believe the size of the arena, how many fencers were there and how far they had come from.

Ben: When my competition started, I had to fence 5 people in the poule round, and, if I didn’t score enough wins in that round, I knew that I might get eliminated straight away. It’s a long way to travel if your day is finished in a few hours! My first match was hard because it was the very first match of the day.  I lost that 3:1, but then went on to win the next four (3:2, 4:1, 3:2 and 3:0), and was pleased to have enough points to get through to the next round.

In fact, my four wins meant that I was seeded in the top quarter, which gave me a bye through the first round.  In the second round, I fenced a Latvian fencer who I beat 12:3.  I then met the No 1 seed (out of 263 entries) from Romania in the next round.  I took my time and used my footwork to stay out of trouble.  Sadly, I lost this match 6:3, but was happy with that result and really proud to finish 51st, and ended up being the second best English fencer in my year group.  It was a good experience to fence people from other countries who fence in different ways and I will definitely return next year to do even better.  Hopefully as a member of the England team.

Lottie: When the Girls Epee competition started, I had to fence 5 people in the poule round (a Bulgarian and four Poles). I won 2 matches and scored points in all of them.  This meant I had enough points to get through to the next round as the bottom third of the entry list are eliminated – elite fencing can be a very tough place sometimes!  I was then drawn against a Turkish girl from the Istanbul Fencing Academy.  Even though she was ranked 40 places higher than me, I held my nerve, practised what I have been doing with Neil and emerged the winner 8-4.  I was thrilled with this result and then faced the 19th seed, who was a Pole.  I kept her moving and scored some nice hits before losing 8-3.  With my victories and points scored I finished 63rd, the third highest English fencer in the category out of 126 entries.  Only three British girls made the last 64 and Neil teaches us all!

As all the U11 girls stayed in the same hotel, we left together and had a nice evening, though I was rather tired.  We then had two days of sight-seeing with my friends Hattie and Emily (from another local school). We visited the old town of Wroclaw and the very large Zoo. It was great fun!

On the Sunday we went back to the venue for the Girls’ U11 Foil event which was even bigger with 158 entries. Again I faced very tough competition particularly from a girl from Singapore who won Bronze and another who came 8th. It was a pool of death!  However, I scored hits and won one bout.  Sadly on this occasion, it meant my day was over but I supported Emily and Hattie in their rounds. I ended up 133rd.

I loved my fencing trip to Wroclaw Poland and I want to thank Neil for being a fantastic coach. The experience of competing internationally has really boosted my confidence and I can’t wait to get out there again.

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Latest Scholarship News

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Congratulations to our final scholars of the year:

Max Woodford – Academic Scholarship to Marlborough College

Lucia Harrison – William Morris All-Rounder Scholarship to Marlborough College

Ed Wrench – William Morris All-Rounder & Sports Scholarships to Marlborough College

Marina Prichard-Jones – Art Scholarship to Milton Abbey

They join the following, who have already been awarded scholarships this year:

Rohan Chandrasekaran – Young & Summers Academic Scholarship to Abingdon

Geena Capps – Top Academic Scholarship (Lord James of Hereford) & Drama Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Academic Scholarship & Drama Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Mahony Knight – Academic Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Izzy Bidwell – Academic Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Amelie Summers – Headmistress’s All-Rounder Award & Drama Scholarship to The Royal High School, Bath

Huw Williams – Music Scholarship to Rendcomb

Charlie Marriott – Academic Scholarship to Downside

Huw Williams & Carmen Ritchie – Music Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Sports Scholarship to Wellington College

Jessica Stephens – Music & Sports Scholarships to Dean Close

Geena Capps – Choral Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Catherine Gedney – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Edie Doherty – Music Award to Cheltenham College

Lily Vere Nicoll – Music Award to St Edward’s, Oxford

Archie Shanahan – Sports Scholarship to Dean Close

Jessica Stephens – Music Exhibition to Wellington College.

Tinka Barber, Lily Nicholson and Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson – Sports Scholarships to Cheltenham College

Jemima Beadman – Music Scholarship to Tudor Hall

Josh Paulin – Sports Scholarship to Clifton College