Oswestry School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 247 (Boys) 185 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1407

General Information

Oswestry School is large enough to possess first-class facilities, yet small enough for each pupil to be well known and make a significant contribution. High quality teaching enables pupils to realise their academic potential and to acquire skills, confidence and leadership qualities through participating in a broad range of activities and taking on a variety of responsibilities. We cherish our distinctive ethos which allows us to give much individual care and attention to our pupils and to monitor and motivate them as they make academic and personal progress.


Founded in 1407, Oswestry is one of England’s oldest schools. ‘A small, traditional British school… with a personal approach. Family values and a close-knit community breeds confidence and stability for all the pupils… a home away from home.’ Good Schools Guide. A combination of the School’s size and an impressive teacher/student ratio ensures high level of individual care and attention. Excellent academic results are achieved and pupils enjoy enormous success with their university applications with most going on to their first choice university. Destinations include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, London School of Economics, University College London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and other top universities in the UK and elsewhere. Pupils live in comfortable boarding houses and are cared for by attentive and dedicated house staff. A wide range of weekend activities is arranged for the boarding pupils by members of the teaching staff.

Entrance Requirements

Interview and a report from previous school.


11+, 13+, 16+. Awards are available for Academic Excellence, Music, Art, Sport and 6th Form.

Open Days

Prospective families are most welcome to visit and experience first-hand all that Oswestry School has to offer. A tour of the School and an informal interview with the Headmaster are usually the first steps in the admissions process. You do not need to wait until our next Open Day, we will be happy to see you at any time.

To arrange your visit please contact Sarah Hicklin, Director of Admissions on: 01691 681104 or admissions@oswestryschool.org.uk.


2017/2018. Per term.

Full Boarding: £9920 (Senior) £8515 (Junior). Weekly Boarding: £7495 (Senior) £6995 (Junior).

Day: Yrs 9–13, £5050. Years 7-8, £4750. Years 3- 6: £2890 - £3410, Reception-Year 2: £2800 - £2890.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Julian Noad

Contact for enquiries: Sarah Hicklin, Director of Admissions

Oswestry School
Upper Brook Street
SY11 2TL

[t]: 01691 655711
[f]: 01691 662726
[w]: www.oswestryschool.org.uk

Location Description

Midway between Shrewsbury and Wrexham, just off A5 and with easy access to the motorway network and the beautiful Welsh borderland countryside.

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School News

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School 1st XI crowned Society of Heads U18 Cup winners

Oswestry School’s 1st XI football team were crowned The Society of Heads U18 Cup Winners last week against Bristol Grammar School. The game was held

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at The New Saints of Oswestry Town FC and it was a comprehensive victory for the Independent School winners with an 8-0 final score.

The Society of Heads is a dynamic and vibrant community of independent schools who share innovative ideas and approaches to learning. Their aim is to help provide appropriate and balanced curriculums within schools, which actively foster and develop key attributes in pupils offering them the best chance of thriving in tomorrow’s future.

Oswestry School arrived at the final in mediocre form having won the semi-final 6-1 against Westholme School, Blackburn before losing 2-0 to Codsall Community High School in the Shropshire Schools and Colleges Football Association (SSCFA) league. The Oswestry team were determined to put in a performance in the knowledge that The Venue at TNS would suit their style of football.

From the whistle Oswestry School looked to dominate position, with full-backs high and wide and Yat Wong and Ryan Nyamandi playing either side of the No. 9 Lloyd Evans in a 4-3-3 formation. Oswestry scored their first goal after 17 minutes with a ball forward from Fergus Yang, into Lloyd Evans’ feet, who held up and set to Dennis Bates who then slipped

Ryan Nyamandi through on goal to slot between the keepers legs. Movement off the centre-half brought the second goal as a ball over the top sat up for Lloyd Evans to lob the keeper from just outside the box. A neat shift of play set Leroy Celotto off down the right wing and he sent a deep cross into the box that Fergus Yang headed onto the crossbar abd followed up with a poked in goal from 6 yards. Ryan Nyamandi added his second with a low finish to the keepers left from 12 yards before Matthew Kirk was played through on goal (only seconds after coming onto the pitch) to slot past the Bristol keeper. This made the score 5-0 at half time. Bristol had a couple of chances early in the game including hitting the crossbar with a curled shot from 18 yards and a close effort from a corner mid-way through the first half. However, it was Oswestry who took their chances and went in to the break with a commanding lead.

Oswestry School looked to dominate possession in the 2nd half against a dispirited Bristol side. Matthew Kirk claimed his 2nd after an excellent touch, shimmied past the centre-half and finished into the corner in what was a carbon copy of Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina in France 1998. Ryan Nyamandi completed his hat-trick with another excellent finish to cap off a ‘Man of the Match’ performance, but there was still time for Dennis Bates to score from the spot after Ryan Nyamandi was fouled in the box. Bristol had a couple of chances in the 2nd half but were thwarted by Oswestry keeper Cameron Griffith-Norris who made his 1st team U18 debut despite only being in Year 10.

The 1st XI team are coached by Alun Morris, an ex-pupil of the school, current PE teacher at the school and defender for Cefn Druids AFC. He commented, “I am extremely proud of the squad. The Society of Heads teams have been challenging and the boys have had to work hard to get to the final. It was a comprehensive win for them and one that was well-deserved. I would particularly like to thank The News Saints FA for hosting the final, not only for the U18s, but also for the U15 and U13 teams. Their support made the day special for all the players and parents who travelled to the games. The school team have also played well in the Shropshire U19 league and finished third in League 1 closely behind Codsall and Thomas Telford. We are all looking forward to a rest over the next few months before the season begins again in September.”

Photo: Oswestry Schools 1st XI football team, winners of the U18 Society of Heads Cup.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School entrepreneurs raise £928 for charity

Oswestry School’s Sixth Form entrepreneurs have been busy again this year and have raised an incredible £928 for charity.

Pupils are invited to bid for funding

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to get their business idea off the ground on presentation of a workable business plan. This enterprise scheme is known as OsBiz and ‘The Hub’, the school’s outlet for the business start-ups, has been a hive of activity with pupils eager to show their entrepreneurial skills.

The Pizza Hub, run by Katherine Davison, Lloyd Evans, Oliver Anwyl and Kristina Pialova, was one of the first to pitch their idea and secure funding. Serving hot pizza with a catchy slogan, ‘Get your grub at the Hub’, soon became a firm favourite with hungry crowds on chilly mornings. This group raised £347 and have chosen to donate their profits equally to Alopecia UK and Help For Heroes. Katherine, the group’s production manager, said the key to their success was communication.

Line Wolters, Flora Stratieva, Ben Clark, Bobo Markovic, Demetre Devidze and Thomas Rye wanted to cash in on the success experienced by a previous winning venture and set up Wacky Waffles to deliver freshly cooked waffles. They learnt the importance of being innovative and proactive to stay in the marketplace and created loyalty cards to extend the life of their product. A total of £252 was raised which will be donated to the Disasters

Emergency Committee. The group agreed that team work had played a vital role in the success of their venture and that for this to happen a compromise was often required.

Network Noodles was set up by Fergus Yang, Matthew Cheng, Julian Beijerbergen and Toby Ma and served hot noodles during morning break. The group quickly realised the only way to meet customer demand in such a short time was to set up an efficient production line with all the team specialising in the various roles required from cooking to serving. This division of labour ensured the business survived the rush and, coupled with occasional job rotation, meant all the team were kept on their toes! Just over £152 was raised in aid of the PDSA.

Valeriia Chertilina and Rita Li created OsBakery bringing their own homemade goodies to ‘The Hub’. Delicious treats from decadent chocolate brownies and soft baked cookies to light pastry twists and waffle cake were just a few of the many creative ideas presented. With the £150 raised the duo are currently researching the charities they would like to support.

Various other OsBiz ventures and events have gone on throughout the year and contributed to the final total raised. Refreshing slushes and hot dogs, run by Manuel Campos Moreno and Mats Exner, and even freshly cooked pancakes have all been trialled.

Sixth Form pupils enjoy their own tuck shop and this, under the management of Alastair Moss, has gone from strength to strength raising sufficient funds to purchase a fridge freezer for the venture so a wider range of goods could be sold.

Our 2017-18 OsBiz directors, Victoria Raffle, Daren Guan and Matthew Cooper, have now passed the mantle over to the newly appointed directors, Valeriia Chertilina (Managing Director), Katherine Davison (Operations Director) and Flora Stratieva (Marketing Director).

Photo: Wacky Waffles entrepreneurs Flora Stratieva, Demetre Devidze, Thomas Rye, Bobo Markovic and Line Wolters

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry Pupil gets England Independent School Boys football call up

Jac Herbert, a Year 8 pupil at Oswestry School, has been selected to represent England in the U14 Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) National representative

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Jac isn’t a stranger to the pressures of football and has played for Shrewsbury Town FC Academy since 2016. This stood him in good stead for the trails he had to compete in before being selected for the team. Jac will now travel to Oakham School, Rutland to compete in an Academy Tournament in August.

It is an outstanding achievement to be selected; the programme covers U14 to U18 level and has been hugely successful in recent years. The teams have competed against Manchester City, ESFA Scotland and England, Leicester City, Real Madrid, Celtic and have experienced many other memorable occasions that allow players to progress and develop onto future pathways. Players also make friends for life with many of the new teammates they meet.

Head of Sport at Oswestry School, Dominic Bradburne, commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Jac; not many boys have the chance to represent their country in sport. This will be an enjoyable, stimulating, football-filled experience. The department put forward several boys from the school to trial and I am delighted that Jac has this chance after all the hard work he has put in.”

Photo: Jac Herbert who has been selected to play for England in the ISFA team.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School pupils raise over £1000 for PDSA charity

Pupils at Oswestry School, led by the Interact team, have raised an astonishing £1075.81 for the PDSA (The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) over the

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past term.

Founded in 1917 by animal welfare pioneer, Maria Dickin CBE, PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Operating through a UK-wide network of 48 Pet Hospitals, PDSA provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promoted responsible pet ownership.

Oswestry School’s Interact Club is the Junior branch of the Rotary Club of Oswestry. Aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 18, Interact is a fully independent club with an elected committee, run entirely by pupils.

From January to Easter the Interact group organised numerous events in support of the PDSA. The first fundraiser involved the entire team in a ‘Send a Rose’ directive where pupils and staff could send a rose to their friends as a token of their appreciation for each other. Each rose was delivered personally by a member of Interact team , along with a message, on the morning of 14 February and raised £80. In addition there were bake sales and an own clothes day when pupils from Bellan House had an opportunity to dress up as their pet or favourite animal. At the senior school pupils wore blue and pink colours to show their support for the charity and across both sites this raised almost £900. The activities culminated at the end of term with a showing of High School Musical. Happy viewers were able to buy snacks, drinks and popcorn while they watched the movie.

PDSA education officer, Anna Baggott, received the cheque from the Interact group following an assembly to the pupils about the history of the charity and the work it currently conducts.

Photo: Members of Oswestry School Interact Group present the cheque for £1,075.81 to PDSA education officer Anna Baggott.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School holds its first International Student Fair

On Friday 27th April pupils at the senior school of Oswestry School came together to celebrate the many different cultures represented in their first International

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Students from 17 countries shared some of their customs, history and language with pupils from Bellan House in Years 3 to 6 and senior school pupils from First to Fourth Form. The Fair was held in the school gym and was a riot of colour with flags, posters and ornaments. Some pupils and staff also wore national dress. There were kilts, English football shirts, dirndl, Ukrainian, Nigerian and Romanian shirts, Indian and Thai dress and even some daffodil headdresses!

The international snacks were the highlight of the Fair as pupils enjoyed baklava, chocolate brownies and sausages from Bulgaria and Greece while ‘Tayto’ crisps, rock shandy and homemade cupcakes provided a taste of Ireland. There were Indian papads, Nigerian chin chin, Irn Bru and shortbread from Scotland, Welsh cakes, Georgian Easter cake, Ukrainian sweets, homemade German Brezeln, a homemade Thai sweet called foi thong, Spanish ham and dried sausage and Chinese tea.

Alongside this ran a ‘Where in the World?’ picture quiz that had pupils trying to identify countries from important landmarks. Pupils learned some idiomatic expressions from Montenegro and Romania, watched photo presentations from USA and Georgia, tried their

hand at pronouncing the longest town name in Wales, tested their German language skills, danced to Nigerian music and had fun kicking the Chinese feather Jianzi.

Organiser and International Students Officer, Mrs Nicola Selby, commented, “This was a wonderful afternoon. Huge thanks must go to all the pupils who held stalls; they certainly got into the spirit of the event! Another big thank you goes to all our visiting pupils for helping make it a success. We look forward to the second International Fair next year.”

Photo: Myles Wilkinson and Brinda Cheema from India

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School pupil heads to national table tennis final

A strong team of players headed to Telford Langley School to take part in the Shropshire schools county table tennis championship recently. Sixth Form pupil

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Kevin Shen, from Oswestry School, took the U19 champion title and now will head to Wolverhampton in April for the national finals.

Along with Kevin’s success medals were also issued to Sixth Form pupils Omar Elbasiouny and Tom Mercer plus U16 players Bohdan Shevchenco and Michael Samsittikul.

Oswestry School teacher, Sean Lucas, said, “All the games were played in a fantastic spirit and even those team members who did not gain a medal had a great evening and enjoyed their own minor triumphs. Thank you to Telford Langley for hosting such a positive championship”.

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Kevin Shen with his U19 county championship trophy

Oswetsry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School footballers compete for the Las Vegas Mayors Cup

During February half term members of Oswestry School’s 1st and 2nd football XI travelled to Las Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas Mayors Cup.

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The team competed in the competition twelve months ago and exited in truly British style by losing on penalties in the semi-finals (viz Italia 90′).

The squad were determined to banish the ghosts of 2017 and they headed into the tournament with confidence on the back of impressive performances in the Shropshire league. In knockout competition, it is imperative that the first game is not lost and a below-par performance led to a 3-0 defeat by the Las Vegas Soccer Academy. In the 2nd game, the boys rallied and put in a much improved performance and despite missing 2 penalties, thanks to a superb solo run and finish by Fergus Yang, the team held on to beat Compton Futbol Legacy 1-0.

A favourable result between the group rivals and a win in the final group game would see the boys progress to the knockout stage. Everything was thrown at Twinstars Academy, but each time they emptied out the team left themselves susceptible to the counter. The boys fought back from 2-0 down, and then 3-1, and despite hitting the post and forcing the Twinstars keeper into making some excellent saves the game finished 3-2 with goals from Leroy Celotto and Ugo Ekwueme.

Defeat and exit from the tournament was hard to take, but the tour moved onto California. The boys played one more friendly game against the Orange County Slammers who were managed by the ex-Argentinian international Luis Balboa. 4 games in 2 days had begun to take its toll and despite a valiant effort Oswestry School finished 2nd.

Football coach, Mr Alun Morris, commented, “Despite results not going to plan, 9 of our 1st XI will meet with American college recruiters this term in the hope of securing a scholarship to play football (soccer) in the USA. We wish them the best of luck in their pursuit of the American dream.”

Photo: Oswestry School footballers (blue) at the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup Competition

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School has record number of entries at Oswestry Youth Music Festival

This year saw record numbers of pupils from Bellan House and Oswestry School entered into the Oswestry Youth Music Festival. 42 boys and girls from

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the Prep Department made themselves heard by means of a variety of instruments and voices while a strong contingent from the senior school did the same. From these entries the children achieved an outstanding 12 First Place awards across a variety of disciplines.

Year 4 pupils Scarlett Forbes (flute), Akaash Das (singing), Oscar Polden (drums) and Theo Woodman (piano) all received Firsts. In Year 5 pupils Wang Qi (violin) and Freddie Heasmer-Jones (piano) also received Firsts along with First Form pupil Harris Morgan-Booth (piano). Wang Qi, Freddie and Harris went on to perform in the Finals Concert at Christchurch on Sunday 4 March.

Sixth Form pupil Tom Barnes won the Cherrington Award for Musical Excellence. This is a floating award given to any competitor that the committee think deserve recognition and was awarded for commitment to the concerts over the years, for outstanding effort, the passion that Tom puts into his performance and for generally capturing the spirit of the festival.

Success also came to the Bellan House ensembles. Bellan Blowers (recorder ensemble) scooped 1st place and a merit along with the Henry Pelham Memorial Cup, Bellan Gigglers

(string trio) placed 2nd in the brass, woodwind and string ensemble class while Bellan Players (brass ensemble) came 3rd in the same class.

In the Youth Choir competition First went to the Bellan House Year 5/6 choir and Second to the Year 3/4 choir while brothers Freddie and Bertie Heasmer-Jones placed First in the piano duet.

Photo: Winners from the 2018 Oswestry Youth Music Festival

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School pupil is heading to the Urdd National Eisteddfod 2018

First Form (Year 7) pupil Harris Morgan-Booth has won a regional competition for the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Ysgol Dyffryn Banw in Llangadfan. Harris placed

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1st in the Year 7-9 class with his brass solo and he will now go through to the main competition held at the Royal Welsh showground, Builth Wells from 28 May to 2 June 2018.

The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 90,000 visitors each year. Over 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 compete during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who, like Harris, won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod is not new to Harris, in 2017 he was placed Second in Wales for the Year 3-6 class.

Photo: Harris Morgan-Booth shows off his certificate after qualifying for the Urdd National Eisteddfod final in Builth Wells.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School golfers play in national competition with the top 21 schools in the UK

Oswestry School senior golf team Rhys Edkins, Connor Owen and Victoria Raffle have qualified for the National Finals of the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA)

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competition. The team travelled to Carden Park Golf Club to play Rydal Penrhos School in the Area Cup Final of the ISGA and after some challenging play over the day Oswestry School won 2-1.

Established in 2006, the ISGA runs a series of events for independent schools throughout the UK. The main competition (Matchplay Tournament) is a knockout in which the UK is split into 17 areas. This culminates in a national final, which has previously been held at a different golf course each year.

The Oswestry School team will now go on to play the top 21 schools in the UK in the ISGA National Final on the 30th of April on the Nicklaus Course at St Mellion International Resort in Plymouth.

Director of Sport at Oswesrty School, Dominic Bradburne, commented, “The team played well and managed to beat some very stiff competition after a very closely fought match. We wish them all luck in the finals on 30th April.”

Photo: Rhys Edkins, Victoria Raffle and Connor Owen who will travel to St Mellion International Resort to play the top 21 schools golf teams in the UK.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Year 5 pupil designs the Oswestry Youth Music Festival logo

When the Oswestry Youth Music Festival asked children to design a new logo for the 2018 festival Keira Kendall-Taylor, a Year 5 pupil from Bellan

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House, thought she would give it a try. Over 70 children entered the competition and Keira’s design was the one that caught the judge’s eye.

Each year the organisers of the Festival change their logo and produce 1000 stickers that are presented to each competitor. The winning design also features on the Festival programme. This year there will be 450 young people taking part in this ever-growing musical event; Keira herself is entering with her instrument, the flute.

Oswestry Youth Music Festival committee chairman and local councillor, Paul Milner, said, “Keira’s design was chosen because of its clarity and the way it epitomises the Festival. The response from entrants has been phenomenal and because of this we have added an extra day to the itinerary. It’s going to be fantastic event”.

Photo: Keria Kendall-Taylor holding her winning design for the Oswestry Youth Music Festival 2018

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School teacher goes viral with #doitfordavid campaign

Oswestry School’s art and drama teacher, Mandy Price, and her daughter Becky, are the brains behind a new social media campaign that is going viral,

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The idea for the campaign came on Christmas day whilst Mandy was walking along a beach with her family. The sand was littered with plastic and as Mandy picked it up as she walked she thought that it would be much better to pick up plastic everywhere, not just on the beach. Mandy had been doing 2 minute beach cleans for some time, but had no idea how extensive the problem of plastic was until she watched Blue Planet II, and in particular the programme called ‘The Plastic Whale’. The topics covered moved Mandy to tears when she saw what was happening, right now, to the world’s marine life.

Having swum with wild turtles in Mexico a couple of years ago Mandy wants all children, and their children’s children, to have the same opportunities to experience a thriving ocean. She realised that if everyone didn’t act quickly then it could be too late for many species and coral reefs. Mandy and Becky spent time researching the issues and they found out that 80% of what ends up in the ocean comes from inland, via rivers and wind.

The idea was formed that if everyone started to pick a bit up a little bit of plastic when they went for a walk, these small steps could escalate into a positive planet saver. Mandy and Becky considered how to spread this message and worried that nobody would listen to them, just one voice amongst many! Then they remembered Sir David Attenborough asking us to address this problem at the end of the Blue Planet II series and thought that people may not do it for Mandy and Becky, but they might do it for David!

The hunch was right. David Attenborough is greatly loved and respected all around the world and thousands of people have started “doing it for David”. Mandy’s Facebook post, #doitfordavid has been shared 125,000 times and that number is growing every hour. The post has been shared on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

People can get involved and learn more about how to reduce their plastic waste by following the #doitfordavid Facebook page. Mandy has given an assembly at Oswestry School to let pupils know how they can help to make a difference and she has been contacted by teachers from other schools asking advice on doing the same. The school has a community action group and these children have been out in Oswestry town centre picking up plastic and litter since returning to school in January.

Mandy commented, “I can’t believe how positively this campaign has been received around the world. The Facebook page has been receiving photographs from lots of different people who are collecting plastic, even from holidaymakers in Cuba who have seen the posts and have recorded their own 2 minute beach clean on the beautiful beaches there. The support we are receiving reaffirms my belief in the human race and makes me hopeful that we can change the current state of the oceans and protect the wildlife that live within the seas. I hope that, if Sir David should hear about our efforts, he would be proud to have ignited this global response to his plea. ”

Photo Caption: Oswestry School teacher Mandy Price and Year 8 pupils Jac Herbert, Scarlett Vaughan and Isabelle Morris collect plastic for the #doitfordavid campaign.

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry School Swimmer Ranked 15th in the UK

10 year old swimmer Louie Leggett is currently ranked 15th in the UK along with being in the top 10 swimmers in Shropshire and the

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West Midlands. Louie swims for Ellesmere Titans, is on an elite swimming programme and is currently part of the age development squad having been offered a trial when he finished his learn to swim programme and after collecting his stage 7 badge.

At age 9 Louie was invited to trial at ‘Titans’ which meant swimming under trial and assessment conditions 3 times per week for 3 weeks. Previously Louie had only swum for 1 hour per week at ‘Learn to Swim’ classes and this took some adjustment. He was used to spluttering down the pool managing several lengths before flaking out, but his excellent technical ability was spotted by the coaching team rather than his speed.

Going into the trial Louie was one of the weakest swimmers in terms of speed; he isn’t overly tall or has big feet or is particularly strong for his age, but he has amazing technical ability. Being very precise with his strokes Louie will not accept anything less than perfection for each stroke across all 4 disciplines of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. This sometimes means he is beaten on times against the clock, but his perseverance ensures that he is setting himself up for the future by perfecting his technical ability.

Having been offered a full time place on the programme Louie now trains 6 times per week, Monday to Sunday. His dedication is remarkable. Three mornings per week Louie gets up at 4.15am and travels over an hour to the pool from home where he trains before going to school. He also trains twice each day 3 times per week both before and after school and often competes at the weekends.

Alongside Louise training with Titans he also trains at Oswestry School’s pool with swimming instructor Miss Hannah Noble twice per week; Miss Noble works in conjunction with Louie’s coach at Titans to ensure he is managing his development programme correctly. Miss Noble is very technical with her training which suits Louie and she expects him to work really hard in each session providing him with his technical sets to complete each time. Together they are working on further improving his technical development across all strokes.

Louie is looking forward to becoming part of the Oswestry School school swimming team as soon as he is old enough.

Louie currently ranks in the Top 10 for the County in most races. He is in the Top 10 for the West Midlands Region for 1500m freestyle and 400 IM and, after his very first competitive 1500m race (60 lengths) which he raced in November 2017, he was then ranked 15th in the UK.

Favouring distance races Louie wants to develop this area of his swimming. He was awarded Powys County Swimming Champion for 2017 for Backstroke and won gold medal for his old school in Meifod Powys.

Louie has set himself a target of qualifying for the Regional Championships in 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle and 200 and 400 IM by next year. He thinks that this would be a good achievement for a boy who only finished his stage 7 badge 15 months ago!

Photo Caption: Louie Leggett, ranked 15th in the UK

Oswestry School Independent Shropshire Oswestry Pupil, Tom, surpasses his target of £20,000 for Cancer Research

In just 19 months 12 year old pupil Tom Evans, from Oswestry School, has raised £20,473 for Cancer Research.

Tom started raising money in April 2016

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after his grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The experience spurred Tom to do something special as a thank you to the medical profession for providing so much care. He initially set out to raise £5,000 for the charity, but with donations coming in thick and fast Tom decided to increase his target dramatically to £20,000.

Fundraising began in May 2016 at the first agricultural show in Builth Wells. Here, at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Tom showed his Kerry Hill sheep and also took along his pink Cancer Research sheep. Along with filming for a BBC2 Wales documentary about Tom and his sheep for the Royal Welsh 2016 programme, he was also filmed by Midlands TV at Burwarton show which focussed on his fundraising efforts with the Cancer Research pink sheep.

To support Tom in his efforts, since September 2017 Oswestry School directed all their fundraising activities towards helping Tom achieve his £20,000 goal. Proceeds from the school’s annual Christmas Enterprise Fair and a home clothes day raised an impressive £1808.47.

Louise Aubrey, a representative from Cancer Research, visited Oswestry School to accept the cheque and to talk to the pupils about how vital the money is and how it will be spent.

Photo Caption: (From L-R) Tom Evans, India Whalley, Louise Aubrey, Poppy Polden, India Whalley and Alice Williams presenting the cheque for Cancer Research

Oswestry School Bellan House independent preparatory school Shropshire

At the end of December 2017 Oswestry School received notification that, following the application and subsequent scrutiny of its quality, the prep school, Bellan House,

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has been accepted into The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

To be eligible for membership of this prestigious group schools must reach a very high standard, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date.  Each school must also be committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care.  All schools within the group offer world-class education and care.

The IAPS believe that schools should be unfettered by government interference and with fewer financial and other resourcing constraints than state schools, ensure that their members’ educational provision is tailored to the needs of the individual children.  The safety and welfare of children in these schools is the first and most important responsibility of all members.

Having accreditation to this group is a great honour as IAPS is a kite mark of quality that only accredits those schools that can demonstrate they provide the highest standards and sets member schools apart in world-class levels of education and care.

Claire Belk, Head of Bellan House, commented, “This is a commendable achievement for us and something of which we can feel very justifiably proud.  It is confirmation of the high quality provision and commitment to the wellbeing of our pupils that we know is the intrinsic fabric of the Bellan experience.” 

PhotoHead of Bellan House, Claire Belk, with pupils from Bellan House

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