Bromsgrove School

Worcestershire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 444 (Boys) 288 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1553

General Information

Pupils come to Bromsgrove not just because A Level and International Baccalaureate are taught superbly, but because sport is phenomenal and the arts fizz. It’s a passionate place with a dash of pizzazz to boot. With over 500 full time boarders from the age of 7, life at Bromsgrove is exciting and challenging. The Saturday activity programme (we have no Exeat weekends) allows pupils to participate in a huge variety of extra-curricular activities.

Facilities

Bromsgrove Senior and Prep School lie in one hundred acres of grounds with grass pitches galore. A newly built sports arena big enough for eight badminton courts and with seating for 500 is of a national standard and this together with a refurbished indoor swimming pool, new dance studios, hospitality suite for post match teas and other functions sits alongside our existing sports facilities: two sports halls with climbing walls, two floodlit astroturfs, squash courts, tennis and netball courts, extensive grass pitches and a 400 metre running track (at the adjacent Ryland Centre). The superb Outdoor Education facility of Upton Warren is a mere five minute drive away, and there pupils can engage in a host of activities from sailing and kayaking to climbing and ropework.

The school has invested over £22 million in building and development since 1994 and recent additions include a £2.5 million Art, Design & Technology building, an impressive Library and resources centre and a campus-wide broadband ICT network providing over 500 PCs for pupil use. Bromsgrove has probably built more boarding houses in the last few years than any other School in the country. Two new girls’ boarding houses and a new Prep School boarding house were completed in 2012, two new Sixth Form wings in 2013 and two more boys’ houses have been fully refurbished. Academic results are outstanding and Bromsgrove now offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels, pupils have a genuine choice.

Entrance Requirements

13+ : Entrance test. Sixth Form : GCSE results

Scholarships

11+:Academic, Music. 13+,16+:Academic, Music, Sport. Bursaries available for talent in sport, music, art, drama & all-round ability. Foundation scholarships for pupils living in the Bromsgrove area.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.

Fees

2018/2019. Day: £5555 per term, including lunch. Full Boarding: £12430 per term. Weekly Boarding: £8240 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Peter Clague

Contact for enquiries: Ms S Bussey

Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B617DU

[t]: 01527 579679
[f]: 01527 576177
[w]: www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Location Description

Bromsgrove School is situated in the town of Bromsgrove, England and is set within 100 acres of grounds just out of the town itself. It is ideally located for local, national and international travel to/from the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas, Birmingham International Airport, London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Bromsgrove is also close to excellent road and rail links (the town has its own railway line), such as the M5 and M42 motorways and Birmingham train stations.

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School News

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Cobham Theatre at Bromsgrove School was well and truly transformed into Rydell High School during the first week in December.

Greeted by fellow students complete with

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long hair, kaftans and dodgy moustaches in the 1979 foyer, the audience knew they were in for a treat.  After hearing the Rydell High song and listening to poor Eugene Florczyk drone on about the happy times of his school days twenty years previously, it was magical, as the front curtain dissolved away to reveal the greasers sprawled across the front steps of the school in 1959.

As well as a large cast and live band, there were some wonderful scenic effects – not just the arrival of a fully functioning car on stage but the 14 foot high juke box, which opened hilariously for the Teen Angel to appear as a heavenly guide for French, complete with illuminating staircase, which he descended to reach stage level.

A high energy production, with very high production values truly put Bromsgrove School on the map for Performing Arts, after its recent multi-million pound investment in Drama and Music.

Director Tim Norton commented on how proud he was to have worked with such a dedicated and hard-working team, “It has been a huge challenge for everybody. The eight week rehearsal period was very intense but always filled with much laughter, especially every time the Greasers appeared.  I know that all involved will have great memories to cherish for the rest of their lives.”

 

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U19 netball team who were crowned County Champions on Thursday 22nd November for the third year running.
The team won all of

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their 6 matches against South Bromsgrove, Malvern College, RGS Worcester, King’s, Malvern St James and Christopher Whitehead and in the process scored 111 goals and only conceded 22.
The team will now go forward to represent Worcestershire in the West Midlands Finals in the New Year.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U16 Girls tennis team who have finished as runners up in the Regional Final of the National Schools’ Competition.

The team beat

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a strong Moreton Hall side 4 sets to 2 in the Semi-Final, before losing to Leicester Grammar School in the Final.  This puts the team in the top ten School teams in the country for their age group.   It is the first time in recent history that a Bromsgrove School team has reached the Regional Finals and to finish as runners up is a fantastic achievement.

In a tournament during the summer, the team beat King’s School Worcester, Malvern College and Malvern St James. This meant that they progressed through to the knock-out stage of the tournament and went on to beat Solihull and Northampton School to reach the Finals.

Commenting on their success, Mrs Sally Franks, tennis coach said “They are a fantastic group of players, who all train with commitment throughout the winter months and we are thrilled that they have done so well against the best young players in the country.”

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Natalie Hatfield who recently competed in the Biathle and Traithle World Championships.

Natalie and her partner came 4th in the Biathle mixed

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relay, narrowly missing out on a medal.

The youngest competitor in her age group (U17s), Natalie came 3rd in the biathle.

As a result of her team mates coming 8th and 9th, the team also won a silver medal

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In 2014, Bromsgrove School planted a sapling of a hornbeam tree taken from the fields of the Somme, in its grounds.

During Remembrance Week, Ms Denise

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Mickle, Chair of the Parents’ Association unveiled a plaque to commemorate this important addition to the School.

James Bateman is pictured with Ms Mickle and Ms Adams, Teacher of English and Houseparent of Oakley House. James’ winning poem was awarded the prize by the National Arboretum.

Ms Adams said, “The plaque is a significant and permanent addition to Bromsgrove School’s World War One legacy. It is important that pupils today and in the future can be part of such ongoing acts of Remembrance so that the enormous sacrifice of a generation is never forgotten.”

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove School acquires important historical letter

Bromsgrove School was delighted and honoured to receive a visit from Old Bromsgrovians Hugh Furber and Victor Matts on 9th October who presented the School

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with an original letter written by Dr J.D Collis, Headmaster of Bromsgrove from 1843-1867.

The letter, which describes Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in Stratford-on-Avon in 1873, was recently found online and purchased by the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge. This will now form part of the School’s archive collections for future generations to enjoy.

Commenting on the recent donation, School Archivist, Nikki Thorpe said “This letter is a really interesting addition to the School Archive, especially with the reference to the Shakespeare celebration. We are grateful to Dr Gibbs and Hugh Furber for tracking it down and taking the time to transcribe it, which will make it accessible for future displays at School events and exhibitions”.

This letter is from The Revd. Dr. J. D Collis, a distinguished Headmaster of Bromsgrove School (1843-1867), to a Bro. Parkinson. At the time of writing, Dr. Collis was the Vicar of Stratford-upon- Avon. He was an active Freemason, a member of Westminster and Keystone Lodge No. 10, and was Provincial Grand Chaplain of Middlesex in 1874. During his successful tenure as Headmaster, Dr. Collis, saw pupil numbers rise from 17 in 1843 to 100 in 1865. He embarked upon a building construction and improvement programme, which included the erection of new classrooms and the building of a chapel (The Old Chapel) in 1856. It is fitting that The Old Chapel is the meeting place of the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge of Freemasons No. 5743.

The letter was acquired by members of the Old Bromsgrovian Lodge and presented to the School in 2018. The original letter is held in the School archives.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Lord Digby Jones Gives Masterclass to Bromsgrove Upper Sixth Pupils

Bromsgrove School was delighted to host an evening with Old Bromsgrovian, Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham Kt on 16th October. Upper Sixth pupils had the

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additional bonus of a personal audience with Lord Jones before his Masterclass. The students heard his thoughts on many topics pertinent to the world of business and politics. His concerns about social media and the generation that are growing up with the impact of ‘instant gratification’ and FOMO, resonated with the group.

The Masterclass was superb – enlightening and, as ever, entertaining. Not everyone will agree with his thoughts on issues such as funding in the NHS, but by the end of the evening, his talk had been watched all around the world – one of the huge benefits of social media for our students and parents.

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K      Kitcar

F       Final

C       Champions

When a team has waited nearly six years to use a particular chicken related pun involving a certain fast food outlet, you

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know that what follows, is due to the hard work and commitment of all the staff and students involved within this project.

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s ADT GP race team who in their Kitcar, The Chicken, at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northampton at the World Finals, held on 6th and 7th October, became World Kitcar Champions.

The team and staff had set their sights high and were hoping not only to win, but were aiming to beat the track record for fastest terminal speed, fastest lap and furthest distance for the Rockingham track.

The team, consisting of Bromsgrove pupils from Years 9-12 arrived early and went straight to scrutineering, where the father of the former CEO for Greenpower and committed member of twenty years’ service within the foundation, made comment about the car looking professional and extremely well made…one of his favourite cars.

At 11.30am, the car went onto the grid, on the front row, in front of over fifty other Kitcars and next to the team’s closest rivals, Megazord, from Bristol Grammar School.

The team fulfilled their aims by setting a fastest terminal speed for the track of 29.0MPH which was nearly 2mph more than the current record. In heavy steel-framed cars, that is a huge difference.  They also added fastest lap to the records, by beating the current lap record of 3m15s with a time of 3m3s and set the distance record for the track of 36.8 miles.

Steve Broadbent, Teacher of Design and Technology at Bromsgrove School, and for the purpose of this event, AKA the Colonel said “This was a great weekend of racing, and a real heart stopper at times, but we emerged as World Kitcar Champions and showed the rest of the series that they had better be checking those wing mirrors because a Chicken will soon be bearing down on the top ten F24 cars in the near future”.  “Special thanks to: NSOptimum, Gorilla Glue UK, 4QD and BAL Aluminium for your continued efforts and support of our little race team. We couldn’t do it without you”.

Congratulations to the Team Members for a flawless weekend: Team Manager and driver Hamish Sutherland; drivers Polly Dakin, Aggie Warner and Noah Rogers; engineers and pit crew, Jeffery Soo, Luke Weller, Howard Goldstraw; Lead Engineer Mr Matthews; Senior team advisors and mascot wearer Will Edwards and Scarlett Bond.

 

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Bromsgrove School has held a number of Remembrance activities in the lead up to Armistice Day.  The School’s biggest project was the creation of an

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outdoor field of acrylic poppies, each one unique to the Old Bromsgrovian who lost their life.

Amongst those killed was Victoria Cross recipient, Eustace Jotham whose actual VC is kept at the School.  This display provided the inspiration for a collection of smaller events for ‘Remembrance Week’.  Keen to get the pupils involved, creative writing workshops with the School’s Archivist were held and inspired by the WW1 collections, pupils recorded extracts of personal accounts from the trenches.  Pupils whose creative work was selected for the School’s exhibition got the chance to visit the war graves of France and Belgium – a poignant trip that will stay with them forever.

On 7th November, pupils from Bromsgrove School gave a fitting tribute to the young men who fought and lost their lives in the First World War. The pupils, dressed in army uniforms performed a flash mob, stopping at various School locations, in particular Wendron Gordon House, the previous home of many fallen Old Bromsgrovian soldiers, and the field of poppies near the Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the ninety-four former pupils and masters who lost their lives in the 1914-18 war.

Bromsgrove’s School archive contains many WW1 items; School achievement medals, photos of boys at School and in army uniform, telegrams, letters of condolence and war medals, Many of the boys kept in contact with the School during WW1 and families sent documents and artefacts relating to loved ones who had been killed in action back to the School, to be part of the archive to remember them. 

Three Old Bromsgrovians were awarded the Victoria Cross. One, as he lay dying, said “Tell the Colonel I have done my best.”  The parents of another, requested that the School Motto be placed on their son’s headstone. It is clear by the soldiers’ diary entries that the School had a huge impact on the person they became, and made them the dedicated soldiers they were.

The School’s Remembrance Services were moving tributes to the thousands of men who sacrificed their lives in World War 1, but most especially the Old Bromsgrovians who fell, whilst in the care of Routh, the Headmaster at the time. It was also an opportunity for the School to reflect on all our Armed Services both now and in the past, and remember the sacrifices they continue to make. Wreaths were laid in memory of the OBs below the Rolls of Honour in the Memorial Chapel.

Head of DT at the Prep School, Mr Sutherland created ‘there but not there’ shadowy silhouette figures which were particularly thought provoking as they sat amongst current staff and pupils – a poignant reminder of why the Memorial Chapel was built. They also made perspex blocks with the names of the fallen OBs engraved on them. The Senior DT department made a life size cut-out of a WW1 soldier for local church, St Michael’s, in Stoke Prior. The church says that they have received many moving comments from their parishioners since the installation of the ‘Tommy’.

On Friday 9th November, the School held a two minute silence at the flagpole near the Memorial Chapel and in the evening held an Evening of Music and Readings for Remembrance in Routh Hall.

On Armistice Day, as part of a very moving Remembrance Service, pupils from the Combined Cadet Force read out the names of each OB soldier killed, one by one, in the Memorial Chapel.

Also on the morning of 11th November, Mrs Deval-Reed, Headmistress of Bromsgrove Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School attended the Service of Remembrance in London as part of the People’s Procession – a nation’s thank you. Mrs Deval-Reed joined ten thousand others in The Mall before they processed down Whitehall and past the Cenotaph, and laid a poppy wreath to honour the ninety-four Old Bromsgrovians who died. Mrs Deval-Reed said “It was extremely moving and a privilege to represent Bromsgrove School in this way”.

On the evening of Sunday 11th November at Bromsgrove’s Routh Hall, the digitally remastered film Battle of the Somme was screened, accompanied by a sixty piece orchestra.  Prior to the screening, there was a talk by the composer Laura Rossi, who discussed the score and her approach to writing it and from Philip Bowen, former Deputy Head and author of Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19, who spoke about those pupils from Bromsgrove School who fought at the Somme and in other battles during World War One.

Peter Clague, Headmaster said “Each year, the School stands as one and gives the solemn utterance, ‘We will remember them’. Yet how hard it is to ask people to remember that of which they have had no personal experience. As we reach the centenary of the Armistice, an end to that most terrible of wars, no active participant remains alive to tell us of their trials. We are reliant on books, still photographs and oral histories to paint the pictures of that which we must not forget. Harder still, to ask young people to remember, when they live in a digital age in which books and the spoken word take a backseat to the all-engaging power of video”.

“From YouTube clips, to Blockbuster movies, today’s children expect stories to be multi-sensory, attention grabbing, a visual spectacle.  We were incredibly lucky to have had access to the remarkable footage that was screened in Routh Hall on Sunday. To be able to speak to young people in a visual language they understand, albeit in black and white, with CGI effects or stunt men, makes the film all the more compelling. To add even more potency, the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing a score written specifically for the film, draws us into the action. Seventy-five minutes without a single spoken word may seem challenging, but the remarkable musical odyssey is a fitting narrative of its own.

The War Office kept a tight rein on coverage of the First War and only allowed a camera crew to film the Somme offensive because they were confident of a comprehensive victory. How wrong they were. Despite the smiles and cheery waves of many who are recorded going into battle, the harsh reality of their surroundings and the brutality of the fighting is inescapable. We should be thankful then that in this modern audio-visual age, such a film exists, to aid us in our responsibility to ensure that when we teach young people to recite the words ‘We will remember them’, they can picture who they are calling to mind, and why”.

Following a week-long series of commemorative events, the Headmaster, Peter Clague, said:

“The School has a proud, if sombre, history of contribution and sacrifice in both World Wars. Accordingly, Remembrance Day is always a significant occasion for us.  However, in this centenary year of the 1918 Armistice, our commemorations have been especially poignant. From a field of artificial poppies, each laser engraved with the name of an Old Bromsgrovian who died in the Great War, to the screening of the powerful ‘Battle of the Somme’ film accompanied by a live orchestra, we have taken every opportunity to inform and involve our pupils in acts of remembrance. Perhaps most poignant of all were the scenes played out in various locations around the School, as a group of drama students dressed in military uniform of the day, composed visual tableaux of soldiers in various poses.  Given the average age of those who died in the First War, it made for a potent and solemn spectacle.”

 

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Celebrates Win at the Worcestershire Junior Golf Order of Merit

Keen golfer and Bromsgrove School pupil James Humphries is celebrating after winning the Worcestershire Junior (Under 18s) Golf Order of Merit after playing over 17

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rounds, commencing in the spring of 2018 whilst at Bromsgrove Preparatory School.

Year 9 pupil James only started playing golf two years ago whilst on holiday. He then began lessons at Bromsgrove Golf Course with PGA Professional Rob Laing and is now a member of Redditch Golf Club, following in the footsteps of his grandad and great uncle.

James represented Bromsgrove School at the IAPS National Championships in June at the MacDonald Hill Valley Golf Course in Shropshire and currently has a handicap of 15.

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Congratulations to Bromsgrove School’s U15 cricket team who played in the ESCA/ECB National T20 finals day at the prestigious Arundel Castle cricket ground on Sunday,

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2nd September. This was the reward for a fantastic season during the summer term, culminating in winning the Regional Final at Repton School.

The U15s were not able to progress to the National Final but should be proud of making it a first for the School to qualify for finals day.

The team is looking forward to the challenge of trying to go one better in two or three years’ time in the U18s equivalent.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Musician Chosen to Represent Hereford and Worcester with the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra

A talented musician from Bromsgrove School has been selected to represent Hereford and Worcester at a week-long residential with the National Scout and Guide Symphony

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Orchestra. The orchestra, consisting of eighty young people aged 13-26 from all corners of Britain, has been preparing for two nights of concerts at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Eleanor Boardman is an oboe scholar, currently working towards Grade 6, having played for just over three years, and is working towards Grade 7 on the recorder. Eleanor who has just finished Year 8 of Bromsgrove Preparatory School was Deputy Head Chorister in the School’s Chapel Choir, as well as a key member of the orchestra, jazz band and Prep choir. In addition, she plays with the English Symphony Orchestra youth during school holidays.

The concerts which were held on 3rd and 4th August included a programme of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, a trio of Strauss numbers and Tunes from the Trenches to mark the centenary of WW1.

Eleanor is one of the youngest members of the NSGSO, is proud to have represented Hereford and Worcester and has really enjoyed this exciting, musical experience.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Sixth Form Student Plays at The Royal Albert Hall

Talented Upper Sixth musician Joshua Osborn-Patel from Bromsgrove School has been lucky enough to play at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall this summer. The musician,

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who is one of ten horn players in the National Youth Orchestra played at the BBC Proms concert held in August. The concert of orchestral masterworks included Debussy’s La Mer, Ligeti’s mesmerising Lontano and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand.

Joshua has been playing the horn since the age of 7 and has enjoyed playing in School music ensembles and the School orchestra. He is about to start his 4th year in the Worcestershire Youth Orchestra. Speaking about his experience Joshua said, “This was my first time playing in the Royal Albert Hall and it was such a rewarding experience as I’ve never played to such a full audience before. The sense of accomplishment was really fulfilling and great to share with the other Orchestra members and I hope to play in the Royal Albert Hall again soon”.

Pictured are the ten horns including Joshua on the right, along with professional horn player Sarah Willis who is part of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She came to watch the concert and came to meet the musicians backstage just before the performance.

Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Wins Shine Scholar Award

Congratulations to Bromsgrove School pupil Alia Derriey who has won the Most Outstanding Pupil / Shine Scholar 2018 award at the Shine Media Awards in

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London on 2nd July.

The annual competition recognises secondary schools across the UK that produce a newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. Alia’s entry was shortlisted for her work on the School’s Two Zero One magazine. Anya Butler was highly commended for her front cover artwork in the Best Illustration and Artwork category.

Annie Hotton, Shine Committee Chair 2018 said “the standard of the competition is getting higher and higher each year.”

The Shine School Media Awards is an activity of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Stationers, one of the UK’s ancient Livery Companies.

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Bromsgrove School Independent Worcestershire Bromsgrove Pupil Wins Gold for Team GB

Natalie wins three Golds for Team GB at Biathle & Triathle European Championships

Bromsgrove School pupil Natalie Hatfield travelled to Germany on 28th July to represent

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Great Britain at the Biathle & Triathle European Championships. Natalie qualified for team GB earlier in the year at Cheltenham (Biathle) & in Dorset (Triathle). Biathle is a continuous run/swim/run event, whilst Triathle is a continuous shoot (with a laser pistol)/swim run event, repeated 4 times. Biathle & Triathle come under the umbrella of PentathlonGB.

On Saturday 28th, Natalie competed in the Triathle. Due to the shooting, Natalie was faced with having to work extra hard to make her way from the back of the pack. She managed to do so and came in a respectable 6th place, helping the GB team to a Gold medal.

Sunday 29th was the Biathle day. In the individual event, Natalie was lying in second place going into the swim, with quite a distance to make up if she was to reach first place. Natalie had an amazing swim and managed to catch and overtake the girl in first place. She then led the second run all the way, extending her lead all the time.

Natalie is absolutely thrilled to have come first and has claimed the title Under 17 European Champion. Natalie is only 14 and at the bottom of her age group, with another 18 months in the age category. GB also managed to claim the Gold team medal, increasing Natalie’s medal tally to three Golds for the weekend.

The BIathle mixed relay In the afternoon involved Natalie completing a Biathle and then handing over to her partner for him to do the same. Natalie handed over in 1st place and her partner also ran a strong race, with the pair finishing in second place overall.

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