Category Archives: Sport

Pinewood Fencers at Challenge Wratislavia International Competition

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Many congratulations to our four fencers who competed in Challenge Wratislavia in Wroclaw, Poland last weekend.  With over 3000 children fencing across 5 days it is a truly international event with children travelling from Russia, Ukraine, Israel, USA, India, Saudi Arabia and beyond to take part.

Brett N came 48th and was the third highest British fencer in U11 epee, with Harry A finishing 126.  In Girls epee, Lottie J was fencing in the U13 age group for the first time, finishing a creditable 81st out of 212 fencers.  Ben T came 50th in U13 boys foil from 275 entries.

Very well done everyone!

U9 Fencing Gold!

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Congratulations to Olivia K who won the Girls U9 Wycliffe Foil Fencing Challenge at the weekend. This was her first competition and her first gold!

Arthur G R finished 6th and Joao Filipe R finished 7th in the U11 boys event. Well done everyone!

British Youth Fencing Championships


We are very proud of Lottie J, who is the first ever Pinewoodian to fence in all three weapons at the British Youth Championships at the English Institute of Sport in May – this is an incredible accomplishment. She achieved this by competing at the Southern Regional Championships (the best fencers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Buckinghamshire), where she won Bronze in Foil in January, and then went on to win Bronze in Sabre and Gold in Epee last weekend. Well done, Lottie!

Boys Win Bronze at British Schools Team Fencing Championships

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The Pinewood U13 boys foil team of Zac, Angus and Ben won bronze at the British Schools Team Championship on Sunday, facing the best fencing schools from across the country.  It was an up-and-down event, with each of the team members ‘stepping up’ and delivering strong performances throughout the day.

The first poule match was against the Westminster Cathedral Choir School, which turned out to be the least threatening of the day’s opponents.  There were noteworthy performances from Zac, who won two of his bouts 8-1 and 7-1, helping the team to a commendable 45-16 victory.

Up next was the might of fencing specialists (and pre-tournament favourites) Sussex House A team, boasting three fencers who regularly compete on the national circuit.  Whilst there were a few bouts that ran close, there was only one individual victory and the result was fairly conclusive – a 45-19 defeat.

Our final poule match was against Aldwickbury School.  They may have been an unknown quantity before the event but, in the end, there was no need to worry.  Pinewood was simply too strong across the team and won eight out of the nine individual bouts, with Angus scoring notable victories and Ben not dropping a point in his three wins.  The final score was 45-22 – enough to give the Pinewood team fourth seeding for the knock-out stage and a direct entry into the medal play-offs.

As luck would have it, we faced the same Sussex House A Team in the semi-final.  They were again too strong for us and whilst Ben put in a strong performance on the anchor leg it was not enough to undo the inevitable: another 45-19 defeat.

With Sussex House A and B teams winning Gold and Silver, the Pinewood boys should be very proud of their Bronze achievement.

Well done also to the U11 boys Epee team (Brett, Joao Filipe, Harry and George), who won the Plate competition. Not making it to the medal event after the pools they did very well to win the plate and finish fifth overall.

International Fencing Gold!


Well done to Lottie J, who won Gold in the Girls U12 Epee at the International Youth Fencing Cup in Ghent, Belgium over Half Term. Lottie was the only entrant from England and was competing against girls from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and the USA. All winners were presented with a replica of the Albert Feyerick Cup (named after the first President of the International Fencing Federation), a gold medal and 30 Euros prize money by Albert’s grandson.

Pinewood Donation to RNLI

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Pinewood children who took part in the Flight Centre Restless Development Triathlon in the summer raised so much money that we were the second highest fundraising school in the South West, not only raising money for the Restless Development charity, but also for our chosen charity, the RNLI. Some of the pupils who took part in the triathlon were today presented with a certificate for our donation of £3,303 to the RNLI. Well done to you all for raising so much money!

Scholarship News!

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Congratulations to the following, who have received awards to their senior school:

Poppy T – Sports Scholarship to Bradfield College

Alfie B – Sports Exhibition to Monkton Combe

Will S – Music Exhibition to Cheltenham College

They join the following, who have already received awards to their senior schools this year:

Tom F: Sports Scholarship to Our Lady’s, Abingdon

Amelia W: Sports Exhibition to Tudor Hall

Poppy D – Sports Scholarship to Cheltenham College

Minnie F – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Rosa H – Sports Exhibition to Cheltenham College

Inter-House Cross-Country

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With a new course to race the children were raring to go on a wonderful winter’s afternoon – the conditions were perfect. The event is a highlight of the school calendar, with every runner counting towards the overall results. Our PE/Games focus this term is “How to target PBs in Health Related Exercise (HRE) tasks?”  Having reviewed all the results it is clear that a number of children achieved their PB – well done! To those who feel they could have moved up the field a touch more – log the experience and push on hard each week in the school’s Pot Lid Lane Time Trial. Thank you to all the marshals and staff runners that provided motivation on the course to the children, and to all the parents dotted around the course. It was great to see nearly 300 children out being active in beautiful surroundings – it may have felt tough at times, but remember that the physical and mental benefits easily surpass these brief moments. Congratulations to all the runners!

Overall House Results:

1st    Melchet

2nd    Motcombe

3rd    Postbridge

4th    Farnborough

Individual Results Top 3 in each Year Group:

Year 3 Girls: 1st Izzy O, 2nd Grace W, 3rd Anaya M


Year 3 Boys: 1st Eddie H, 2nd Lucas H, 3rd Dougal O


Year 4 Girls: 1st Annabel P, 2nd Isla H, 3rd Willa T


Year 4 Boys: 1st George B, 2nd Timmy S, 3rd Freddie L/Seb S


Year 5 Girls: 1st Clemmie C, 2nd Olivia M, 3rd Sasha A


Year 5 Boys: 1st Zach N, 2nd Jack M,  3rd Oscar H


Year 6 Girls: 1st Eve M, 2nd Matilda  R, 3rd Matilda M


Year 6 Boys: 1st Robin B, 2nd Harry K, 3rd Benedict D


Year 7  Girls: 1st Tabbie C, 2nd Felicity F, 3rd Aoife S


Year 7 Boys: 1st George L, 2nd Rex K, 3rd Otto C


Year 8 Girls: 1st Amelia W, 2nd Tabbie M, 3rd Iona T


Year 8 Boys: 1st Ben C, 2nd Alfie B, 3rd William S

Fencing News!

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Congratulations to Lottie, who won Silver at the national U12 Elite Epee event held at Millfield last Sunday.  She was seeded number 1, having been undefeated in her pool round and fought all the way through to the final.  There she struggled against  the number 3 seed and came up short on this occasion.  Nevertheless, a great result to start the year with – well done, Lottie!