NEWS FROM RUGBY SCHOOL SPRING 2014 NUMBER 54
HISTORY OF ART
THE COLLINGWOOD CENTRE
A quiet revolution has taken place in the Learning Development department â€“ 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 pupilsâ€™ 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
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
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.’
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
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
have been able to research their own interests
the Met, MoMA and the Frick Collection.
Head of History of Art
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
well-read and to have a clear understanding
Head of Physical
of the factors that affect both personal
Education Page 5
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
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.
Judy Robinson Estates Manager Page 7
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.
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
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).
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
years. A Level performance is also impressive
Head of Biology Page 9
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-
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
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
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!
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
age group. Maia Bouchier, who plays for
down to the wire on the individual front. Only
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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.