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A quiet revolution has taken place in the Learning Development department – or perhaps two. The most obvious has just happened. In January 2014 we moved to a newly refurbished suite of rooms above the Senior Common Room. Possibly not the most spectacular transformation, but a significant one, as it relocated us from four disparate classrooms around the campus to one dedicated area with a distinct

Learning Development identity as a department. With our own blue plaque outside, pupils now know that they have found the right place. Our new accommodation is light and spacious with four classrooms, a teaching resources room, a pupils’ study area and an office to manage the increasing levels of administration associated with assessment and exam access arrangements. their ability to study. In this model there is

support or advice, regardless of whether

an appreciation that all pupils have ongoing

they have a recognised learning difficulty.

learning development needs to enable them

Organisation, revision, note-taking and

to become independent learners.

planning have been just a few of the topics

teachers in the department and not just the

All pupils are encouraged to be mindful of

raised by pupils across all year groups in

one teacher that they had been working with!

their own learning. This is fostered by the

It was a telling insight, to hear pupils who had received individual support lessons for several years, exclaim in surprise when they discovered that there were four specialist

The second revolution has been more subtle, but no less tangible in its impact on education

holistic approach of teachers who incorporate learning skills as part of their broader

these sessions. Dedicated time for this is now published in the Calendar and increasing numbers of pupils are arriving after lunch on

teaching. Interaction with personal tutors

Mondays and Fridays.

in the House consolidates this and, more

All of these improvements boost confidence

recently, Learning Development drop-in

and create an environment where it is easier

sessions have been introduced.

for those most in need of support to access it.

towards more inclusive approaches. Learning

Sessions take place in the Learning

Notwithstanding all of the above, the spirit

Development promotes an increasing

Development department twice-weekly and

of the department remains unchanged. At

awareness of the needs of all pupils to develop

are an opportunity for any pupil to seek

its heart is the individual care and attention

at Rugby. Traditional patterns of support have been founded on the notion that support is remedial and exclusive to a few; progress at Rugby over the last few years has been

that we give to each pupil. Considerable emphasis is placed on building confidence and improving self-esteem. Specific learning difficulties do not disappear, but pupils are inspired to take on these challenges and set themselves high standards. Through hard work and commitment they become confident and motivated individuals - and may even excel in their chosen sphere.

Louise Stevenson Head of Learning Development Page 2

Extended Projects

which Rugby shared with other schools in the UK and overseas. This programme was evaluated by Dr Ralph Levinson of the London IOE and will be rolled out on a wider scale in the coming months. Also in 2009 Rugby’s Head Master Patrick Derham co-edited Liberating Learning, Widening Participation, which calls for the Perspectives approach to be widened and for its implications

Photo ‘courtesy of the Wellcome Trust’

for the rest of the curriculum to be explored. We believe that the matrix of historical and philosophical enquiry can

The EPQ: Rugby School’s work to liberate learning

provide an underpinning framework within which questions can be studied in greater depth, and our educational system can re-discover the guiding ideals of the liberal approach to education, namely that there should be free, independent, critical enquiry into questions that matter, within a structure which emphasizes the unity of knowledge and the paramount importance of fostering intellectual autonomy on the part of

It all began with a conversation, over lunch,

too, with students completing project work

at a conference at the University of York,

involving design of everything ranging from

in 1999. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’, I remarked

new style engines, to adverts for soft drinks, to

to colleagues, if there was an AS level in

self-synthesized anaesthetics.

the history and philosophy of science.

The Perspectives approach can be seen as

Five years of curriculum development work later, together with sponsorship from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, the Perspectives on Science AS Level was launched. It was designed to enable students, from both arts and science backgrounds, to learn to think more deeply about the profound questions which science poses for us as a society. Examined by means of an extended dissertation and presentation, it was to become the prototype for the Extended Project Dissertation. Perspectives was launched in 2004 and Rugby was a leading pilot centre. Since the launch of the EPQs in 2008, Rugby has called for all schools to offer the qualification as a way of providing for deeper,

demonstrating that the A Level system can answer those critics who prefer the IB: the programmes of study have a ‘taught course’ basis featuring critical thinking, research skills and giving students acquaintance with a broad range of key paradigms of thought within specific subject areas; hence a programme which can be compared to the IB Theory of Knowledge. The Extended Project Dissertation provides an opportunity for a sixth form student to engage in a ‘higher educational’ mode of learning, working with a research supervisor and completing a piece of work which has a rigorous academic structure. A published research paper which compared the Perspectives model to the IB commented favourably on the rigour of the Perspectives approach.

the student. Let the final word go to two well-known supporters of the project. Professor A.C. Grayling: ‘The Extended Project, Perspectives on Science, is an admirable qualification. It would be good to see it rolled out throughout the education system as standard. Its key component - putting science into context and thereby simultaneously teaching science, its history and its implications for wider concerns - is exactly what is needed to improve our scientific literacy. All schools should be offering this course and particularly encouraging arts and humanities-oriented students to take it.’ And Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University: ‘Five years of teaching in American universities have convinced me that English secondary education has two fundamental weaknesses. There is still too much reliance on exam-based assessment, which encourages cramming and learning by rote. And the A-level system perpetuates the fatal ‘two cultures’ divide between Arts and Sciences. That’s one

more reflective, independent learning in the

Nationally, the EPQ has grown from a few

sixth form. Specifically, we have endorsed

hundred students in 2009 to 30,000 students

and promoted the ‘Perspectives model’

in 2013. In 2008 we launched an inter-schools

which features a cross-curricular platform,

‘Philosophy Zone’ partnership programme to

with philosophical and ethical enquiry as a

enable more schools to enjoy the benefits of

unifying feature. Thus we have devised a range

the Perspectives approach, and gain support on

of programmes similar to Perspectives on

their extended project work. Rugby appointed

Science, but with subject bases in Languages,

Emma Williams as a ‘philosopher in residence’

Classics and History (a course called ‘Culture

to support this work and teachers from many

and Identity’), Politics, Economics and Business

schools have come to Rugby to be trained in

Studies (‘People Power and Wealth’) and others

the Perspectives approach. Rugby has hosted a

Dr John Taylor

besides. Moreover, the Perspectives approach

number of major conferences and in 2009 an

Head of Philosophy and

has been taken into practical, creative areas

online virtual learning platform was inaugurated

Director of Critical Skills

reason that even stars from the best British schools find the going tough at Harvard. They’re not ready for continuous assessment. And they’re not ready to spend the morning on literature and the afternoon on physics. The appeal to me of the Extended Project, as exemplified by the Perspectives on Science course pioneered at Rugby, is that it offers a cure for both these problems.’

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History of Art Visual literacy is an increasingly important skill and, as an academic discipline, History of Art has long since shed its connotations of connoisseurship. In the 19th century, John Ruskin claimed that ‘the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way’. Of course, Ruskin was thinking of Turner when he wrote this, but the idea applies as much to those embarking on studies in art history. To see, to read an art work, interpret it and understand it opens a window onto the past. However, History of Art is a vibrant, rigorous and dynamic subject and through study, pupils also develop their ability to ‘see’ their own time. The truth of this was demonstrated early in the academic year when the History of Art Society hosted Dr Matt Lodder from the University of Essex. His talk on the history of tattooing as artistic practice was enthusiastically received and confirmed the scope of the subject as, taking his audience back through time, he showed how ‘tattoos are no longer just for sailors’, indeed they have been around for hundreds of years and probably never were merely a maritime practice. At Rugby, the History of Art course is relatively

through participation in the ARTiculation

Earlier in the academic year, pupils visited

traditional with a focus on the Western

Prize, a national public speaking competition

the wonderful ‘Daumier, 1808-1879: Visions

canon - although questioning accepted art

run by The Roche Court Educational Trust.

of Paris’ at the Royal Academy and ‘The

historical narratives is encouraged! Yet many

Speakers at the regional heat, held at the

Portrait in Vienna in 1900’ at the National

changes have taken place in the department,

IKON gallery in Birmingham, all demonstrated

Gallery. Both exhibitions enhanced their

most notably the move to the Collingwood

real passion for the subject and the level of

understanding of topics on the syllabus,

Centre and to a beautifully sunny room -

presentations was extraordinarily high. The

but the Daumier exhibition was especially

fitted with blackout blinds for slideshows!

variety of topics, ranging from Michelangelo’s

enlightening about a turbulent period in

History of Art now ranks among other Upper

‘Slaves’ to Picabia’s ‘Portrait d’une jeune fille

French history and an artist whose works

School subjects as an independent academic

américaine dans l’état de nudité’, once again

and ideas provide a backdrop to many of the

subject, not merely as an adjunct to more

revealed the breadth of the subject. Both

works we discuss in class.

practical art subjects. It is gratifying to see

entrants from the School were academically

so many pupils continue with the subject at

persuasive so we look forward eagerly to next

Perhaps most impressive was the pupils’ using

undergraduate level and knowledge of art

year’s prize.

history can of course give lifelong pleasure. Some have set up departmental Twitter and Instagram accounts and can now participate through social media in the wider art historical community.

A key aspect of studying History of Art, and

their lunch break to visit a third exhibition at Somerset House - their enthusiasm reflecting Ruskin’s ideas on the importance of seeing.

one of the subject’s real joys, is experiencing works of art first hand. At the end of the year, we will return to New York, a trip that is always exciting and inspiring with visits to

For the second year running, our art historians

many of the city’s leading museums including

Jerry Rayner

have been able to research their own interests

the Met, MoMA and the Frick Collection.

Head of History of Art

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Physical Education

For some, Physical Education still

with other subjects in the safe knowledge

performance and the role of sport in society

encapsulates their unhappiest memories

that its status is equal to other A Levels on

today. Anatomy and Physiology, Skill and

of school. They look back to blasted,

the UCAS application form. Our links with

Movement studies, the socio-cultural effect

windswept sports pitches, gruelling cross

universities such as Loughborough and Bath

of sport on society, Sports Psychology,

country runs, cold gymnasia and swimming

are increasingly valuable.

the Biomechanics of Movement, Exercise

pools, where Physical Education teachers

The relocation of Physical Education to the

Physiology and the Historical aspects of

in ill-fitting tracksuits would bark at pupils in the aggressive manner of NCOs of the early 1900s. This was hardly a preparation for life, but thankfully Physical Education (and its academic content) has come a long way since those dark days when Mr Sugden (in the 1969 film Kes) made himself player, Captain, referee, and awarded himself a penalty! Physical Education has been taught to boys (and more recently girls) at Rugby in various guises since the mid-1800s, based on Swedish, and later the more formal, ‘Olympic’ gymnastics. The ‘academic’ subject of A Level Physical Education, however, was only introduced in the late 1990s, and only this year also at GCSE level. The subject has continued to flourish, with some pupils opting for related courses at university, whilst others have pursued career paths ranging from specific areas within Sports Science, Medicine and Physiotherapy to Journalism and Teaching. Pupils can now dovetail their interest in Physical Education and sport

Collingwood Centre this year has given us a new base from which to expand and develop. The spacious new classroom and its

Physical Education are all studied over the two-year course; and they are inextricably linked to wider political, social, and ethical

‘hi-tech’ gadgets give immediate access to

issues, national and internationally.

all the department’s resources. The planned

The coming academic year will be a busy

future expansion of advanced fitness-testing

one. Each examination year group will attend

equipment and computer software will

various conferences and undergo various

ensure access to the latest technology and

assessment days, while Rugby continues to

developments in Sports Science.

host the OCR Warwickshire

We have a growing, talented group of pupils

schools moderation days.

within our three examination groups. Current

With the legacy of London 2012

individuals have competed in national schools’

still fresh in our minds, and the

competitions and represented their country

historic Olympic connection with

at cricket, netball, rugby, cross country and

Rugby School, I am sure Didon’s

wakeboarding. They particularly value the

famous phrase, later used by his

use of sports analysis to assess their individual

friend de Coubertin as a motto

fitness and performance as an integral part of

for all modern Olympics, still

their A Level course.

holds true today, both in life and

As the subject has progressed, so examination

sport: ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’.

modules have developed to reflect the need for modern Physical Education specialists to be

Frazer Hemming-Allen

well-read and to have a clear understanding

Head of Physical

of the factors that affect both personal

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The Collingwood Centre An Estates Department perspective on the transformation of a heritage site

Last November, Sir Ewen Fergusson

unloved for many years before that, but even

After several months of investigation and

GCMG GCVO officially opened the

in that disastrous state, on that first morning,

planning, work started in earnest in autumn

School’s Collingwood Sixth Form Centre

the beautiful ‘bones’ of the reputedly Pugin-

2012 and the building was taken right back

(named after the Rugbeian philosopher)

designed old block shone through the decay

to its shell. Work lasted for 11 months and the

– a beautiful Pugin-style building and

to offer a glimpse of what could be achieved

new building opened in September 2013, just

3.4 acre site that now accommodates

with a bit of vision, a lot of hard work, and

18 months after the keys were handed over.

sixth form subject departments including

not a little expense. It was harder to imagine

Economics, Philosophy and Politics as

such a transformation for the grim post-war

Memories of the project are dominated by

well as the careers centre, a sixth form

austerity additions dating from the 1950s,

social centre, a sports hall and a debating

including the hall and old science laboratories,

chamber modelled on the House of

but they formed part of the challenge to knit

Commons. The most unusual feature is

together buildings from the 1850s, 1950s,

a specially commissioned work of art - a

1970s and 2004 into one cohesive whole.

life-size charcoal image of a sperm whale drawn by English artist John Delafield Cook, 11m-long and donated to the School by the Lawson-May Trust.

two things: the extreme temperatures and the amazingly talented people we had the pleasure to work with. The winter of 2012 was the harshest since the infamous winter of 1963 and it was, to say the least, difficult working for months in an unheated building where the temperatures inside were below those outside, despite the snow on the ground. Later on in the process, when the walls were still damp from years of neglect

But it had been a long time since the keys

and were holding things up by being too

to the former Bishop Wulstan School were

wet to decorate, the newly installed heating

handed over following completion of the

system was turned on for several weeks

purchase by the School on 31 May 2012.

to help dry the plaster out, resulting in

They arrived, about 200 in all, jumbled

tropical temperatures which were equally

together and unlabelled in an old plastic

uncomfortable to work in.

ice cream tub, which made gaining access

The restoration of a heritage building like

for the first time a laborious process of trial and error. Once inside and after a quick tour of the site, the excitement of the moment rapidly receded to be replaced with the sobering reality of the scale of the job ahead.

this cannot be achieved with run-of-the-mill builders familiar only with modern methods of construction, so the work called for a small army of highly skilled crafts people working at the top of their game. In some ways the timing of the project played into our hands

The whole site was in a sorry state of repair,

as we were in the depths of recession and

having been closed down for five years and

thus able to secure the services, at relatively

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short notice, of people and firms whom in better times we might have waited months or even years to get on site. The real surprise was finding so many of these talented people working locally and it was rewarding indeed to be able to offer them work at a time when the building trade was in despair. It was a salutary reminder of just how important the School is to the local economy. The joy of working with such crafts people is that they are passionate about what they do and have exacting standards and tremendous pride in what they produce. From the glazier who painstakingly refurbished all the leaded windows, to the joinery firm who made all the replacement oak doors to a pattern from one of the very few original doors left on site, the examples are endless. It is not every day that, when you ask a teacher how he would like his classroom laying out, you get the answer, ‘Like the House of Commons’, but that was the brief from the Head of Politics, Paul Teeton. It was one of the less obvious requests from the whole restoration project but one that nonetheless, with a bit of head scratching, a research trip, a brilliant carpenter and an equally great joinery firm, we were able to deliver. A once-in-a-career request if ever there was one! We tried hard throughout to seamlessly marry the old and the new and to create a modern learning environment in an historic setting, though sometimes the two were harder to join than anticipated. Those tasked with installing the high-tech heating system and a state-of-the-art data network into an old building found the massively thick walls a challenge to say the least. You have to wonder what the original occupants of the main block, the trainee priests back in 1852, would make of a heating system controlled by a computer that sits a quarter of a mile away on a desk in the Estates Department and which can be remotely ‘driven’ at the click of a mouse. Now the project is finished, it is enormously satisfying to walk back into the completed Collingwood Centre and see it in daily use by the pupils, having been brought back to life with such care and attention to detail - a true transformation from that day in May 2012 when we took possession of an ice cream tub full of keys.

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Chess Shivi Ravi became the English Chess Federation U18 Girls’ National Champion. Having entered the one-day rapid play championships for girls at Nottingham High School, she will now be nominated to represent England in the World Schools or European Schools Championships.

Achievements Athletics


Competition held at Woolwich Barracks

Harry Sutherland finished 3rd in the Individual

Lucy Hayes had an article on hydrogen

awarded Best Lady Rider that event, came

Combined Events Indoor International

peroxide published in the Young Scientist

second individually in the team show jumping

Championships and was part of the winning


and was awarded the title of Best Cadet Rider.


Duke of Edinburgh

Emma Thomas came 3rd for Warwickshire in

Silver was awarded to Ben Pointon.

in London. She won the Fault & Out, was

England team.

Charity Marshall House hosted a record-breaking

an inter-county event. Ben Sutherland and

Pudsey Bear Café this year, raising £6,030

Tertia Rollason came 2nd and 3rd respectively in

for Children in Need. The highlight was as

the Wolverton 5 mile race. Simon Waterhouse


usual some keenly contested bouts of sumo

finished 3rd in the U15 boys event and

Sixth Form mathematicians this year achieved


Ben Sutherland won the Senior race in the

their best-ever results in national competition.

Kettering Charity Cup.

Of the 45 who entered the Senior Mathematics Challenge, 42 were awarded


certificates, including 17 Silver and 16 Gold.

14-year-old CCF Cadet Emma Thomas won three trophies at the Honourable Artillery


Company Uniformed Services Show Jumping

Distinctions were awarded to Maia Bouchier (Grade 5 Alto Saxophone), Lottie Bestwick and Charley Strachan (Grade 7 Singing) and Georgie Colborne and Flo Pillman (Grade 8 Singing).

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Rugby Football

Academies Squad. Ben Pointon played for

Oli Bradfield was selected to play for the

played for the Northants Alliance team against

Jaydene Robinson was selected for the U17

Independent Schools’ Barbarians. Harry

Hunts and Peterborough. Among recent ORs:

England squad to play in the European

Mallinder is part of the England U18

William Rowlands played for Oxford in the

Championships this March.

the East Midlands U18 team. Nick Colbourne

Varsity match at Twickenham in December; Will Darby was selected for the Oxford U21 Varsity squad; Alex Grove was selected to play in the Scotland A team against England Saxons.


Wakeboarding Lottie Harbottle was awarded the Junior Trophy by the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation (BWWF) for her outstanding achievements in the sport last year. She received the award from Lord Moynihan at the Queens Club in London, along with a grant from the Guardians of the Lascalles Memorial Trust.


and many have left Rugby to study university

B3 and B4 has completed the programme to

courses including Medicine, Natural Science,

provide state-of-the-art teaching and learning

Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, Zoology

facilities within the Science Schools. There

and Biological Sciences. For many pupils, the

is Biology team of eight teachers and two

A Level field trip is a real highlight, providing

technicians, which will be led by Mrs Shelley

them with an ideal opportunity to gain an

from September 2014, when Dr Graham

intimate understanding of unique ecosystems

Joyce (PhD in Molecular Microbiology)

such as the Yorkshire Dales and the Exmoor

joins the department from Warwick School.

National Park. Throughout the year, pupils are

Alongside A Level, the department will be

fortunate to be able to attend a plethora of

offering the Cambridge Pre-U course from

stimulating lectures and forthcoming lectures

September 2014 for those LXX pupils wishing

on ‘Gross Diseases’, ‘Epigenetics’ and ‘Animal

to study the core principles of Biology whilst

Experimentation’ are bound to whet their

extending their depth of knowledge in up-to-


date research, develop their practical-based

continues to work with great commitment

Exciting times lie ahead for the Biology

skills and enjoy the intellectual independence

and passion to educate and inspire future

department. The recent refurbishment of labs

With the deciphering of the genetic code and subsequent advances in genome research and DNA technology, the 21st century is destined to be the century of biology. Biology is poised to make a pivotal contribution towards solving the major societal problems involving food and water availability, the environment, new energy sources and health. There has therefore never been a better time to study the science of life. The Biology department

scientists. Every day over 400 pupils learn in the department and every year about 100 pupils study Biology in the sixth form. The Rugby School Biology curriculum is diverse and dynamic, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the subject and the ever-changing knowledge gained from current areas of research such as biophysics, biotechnology and bioinformatics. At IGCSE,

of exploring topics in greater depth. Plans are also afoot for an exhilarating overseas Biology expedition in the near future. It has been a privilege leading the Biology department since 2007 and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Biology to produce more scientists of the future.

the department has consistently excelled, with over 90% of pupils gaining an A* or A grade in public exams during the last five

Maurice Monteith

years. A Level performance is also impressive

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PSHEe For many years, pupils at Rugby School have

with international e-safety expert Karl Hopwood –

Finally, the XX attend presentations on Safe

benefited from a high-quality and evolving

as well as Alcohol Awareness with Dr Aric Sigman.

Driving, ‘Leaving Home and Moving On’ by Alex

PSHEe (Personal, Social, Health and Economic

The LXX also have weekly sessions with a tutor for

Fryer, and an inspirational talk by former PGA

Education) provision which underpins their

two terms; in addition they attend presentations

member and golf professional John Hoskison. In

overall educational experience. Regular

by visiting speakers on ‘Binge Drinking’ and ‘Body

the Lent term they enjoy an informal university

sessions and whole year-group presentations

Image’, and participate in interactive workshops

preparation evening with returning ORs or recent

provide opportunities for all to learn skills

on stress management with Jon Bockelmann-

university graduates.

for life in a safe environment. Our curriculum

Evans and on cooking healthy food on a budget,

is based on the National Curriculum

delivered by the School caterers.

Over the past four years our provision has

Guidelines for PSHE education, following

The E Block follow a programme in House

strengthened our links with the PSHE Association

groups on drug and alcohol awareness with Tony

and its Advisory Council, as well as other partner

Farquarson of Compass Warwickshire (formerly

organizations. Rugby School, along with Eton

Warwickshire Young Persons Substance Misuse

and Reading Blue Coat School, was the subject

Service) as well as attending presentations on

of an article on PSHEe in the independent sector

Alcohol Awareness with Aric Sigman and Self-

in 2011 which is published on the Association

Esteem with Alex Corkran. D Block sessions focus

website. More recently, we have hosted

At Rugby we are very fortunate to be able to

on relationships, exam preparation and stress

workshops for PSHEe Coordinators and Heads of

deliver PSHEe to all year groups from Marshall

management, and they hear visiting speakers

Department from independent schools, delivered

House to the XX, usually in small groups of

on Relationships, ‘Screen Time’, and Drug and

by Jenny Barksfield of the PSHE Association,

between 8 and 12 pupils, often in their boarding

Alcohol Awareness.

as well as presentations and INSETs on various

the programmes of study for personal wellbeing, for economic wellbeing and financial capability at both Key Stages 3 and 4, and aims to help pupils make informed and responsible choices while they are at school and in the future.

moved forward in exciting ways as we have

houses or in the home of the PSHEe

aspects of PSHEe for tutors.

tutor. All tutors - full-time and

And the pupils’ views on the

part-time members of staff alike choose to deliver PSHEe; all have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and interest in the overall wellbeing of the pupils. The sessions cover a wide range of topics including risk, diversity, relationships, personal identities, healthy lifestyles and economic understanding, and aim to develop processes such as critical reflection, self-development, risk management and decision making, to name a few.

workshops and lectures they attended? ‘Bill Pirie’s talk on Safe Driving will live in the memory as long as I am driving.’ ‘Charlotte’s talk on binge drinking was really interesting because she emphasized the effects that drinking too much can have.’ ‘The cookery workshop was really fun, getting involved and making dishes with the professional chefs.’ ‘We found the talk by Alex Fryer on Relationships one of the most interesting talks we had

In Marshall House, pupils have

attended in our time at Rugby

weekly sessions throughout the year


delivered by their tutor. Pupils in the F Block meet their tutor in House groups each week for two terms and attend year group presentations on

Dr Amanda Leamon

Road Safety and e-safety – the latter

Head of PSHE Education

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girls’ team from Rugby to have done so. It was also an unprecedented second year in a row that all three girls’ teams won their respective county cup competitions.

Advent 2013 proved to be another busy

After becoming Warwickshire county

term on the sporting front. The rugby club

champions, Rugby’s 1st VII netball team

regularly produced 16 sides in fixtures

finished second in the Midlands finals and

against other schools and there have been

therefore qualified for the national finals in

100 players on Bigside 1 and 2, 60 players

January: a first for the School. Despite only

in the U16s and 75 in both U15s and U14s.

losing one match, the U14As narrowly failed

A total of 125 matches were played with

to qualify in a tightly-contested struggle;

well over half the matches won.

but a promising season certainly lies ahead.

The XV won seven of their 11 school matches and had notable wins against Uppingham, Trent, Pocklington and Bedford School. George Lewis was the leading try-scorer, with 12 tries. The XV concluded their season with a gritty win over Christ’s College, Brecon, on the Close. It was a very successful season for the girls’ hockey club with an unbeaten percentage of 69% which is the highest tally for the past ten years. The XI won some key games, including a 5-0 beating of Bromsgrove and a very good 3-2 win over Uppingham. They won the county championship for an unprecedented third year in a row and lost narrowly to Repton in the Midlands semi-final. Both the 4th and 5th XI remained unbeaten

throughout the term and the 4th XI won their league title. The 5th XI narrowly lost out on goal difference. The U16A team made good progress and played some very fluent hockey, beating Bromsgrove 2-1 and winning the U16 county championship. The U16C team were also unbeaten, whilst the 6th XI, U15C, U14A, B and C teams all lost only once. The F Block were the pick of the age-groups, with the U14Bs winning their league title with a game to spare. The U14A team became one of the most successful hockey teams in Rugby School history, winning the Midlands finals and qualifying for the national finals: the first Page 11

The U16 VII also played in the Warwickshire

Middlesex U15 girls’, was part of the winning

11 points separated the top three as Harry

schools’ county tournament but lost in a

team recently crowned national U15 county

finished on 3458, 2nd was 3460 and 1st 3469!

closely-fought semi-final.

league champions. She has also since been

Five pupils took part in a triathlon event at

Cross-country is on the rise at Rugby under the leadership of Andrew Siggers, who

chosen to train with the England Women’s Development Programme U15 squad.

Oakham School, returning with the junior title, coming 2nd in the senior race and

inherited a strong squad from Richard

The rackets team had a 70% success rate in

winning 2nd place overall.

McGuirk and has already presided over some

all matches and the first pair of James Hingley

notable successes in inter-school fixtures.

and either Ed Clarke or Jack Rosser have

The boys’ badminton team, captained by

Running has also become something of a

beaten Harrow, Radley, Malvern, Clifton and

trend, with over fifty pupils competing in the

Haileybury. The boys enjoyed a successful

running league Monday timed runs - an open

tour to the USA over the half-term break and

competition for all-comers. Most individuals

a number of players competed effectively at

saw improvements in their times and Sheriff


were clear winners of the House competition.

Athlete Harry Sutherland came 3rd in

England U17 cricketer Matt Taylor made the

the individual Combined Events Indoor

England Cricket Development Programme

International Competition. The England boys’

and has been identified as one of the top 40

team came 1st by a good margin but it was

potential cricketers for England in the U19

an incredibly close competition which came

Neil Hampton

age group. Maia Bouchier, who plays for

down to the wire on the individual front. Only

Deputy Head

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Kevin Taechaubol, played 11, lost six and won five matches. The girls were less successful. Both teams are looking forward to playing some mixed matches next term. The soccer 1st XI had a successful pre-season tour to Valencia. They played two local academy sides, winning one and drawing the other fixture. All members of the squad will be pushing for first team places this season.

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