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N e w s l e t t e r

Volume 14

| Life Skills | Admissions | Radleians |

| The Radley Year 2011/12 | Tanzania and Borneo | Astronomy |


Life Skills

This Summer Term, due to the effects of the Royal Jubilee celebrations and the

manner in which the majority of GCSE/IGCSE exams fell before Half Term, we

organised a wide-ranging series of activities for Fifth Formers who had finished

all or most of their papers. We called it The Life Skills Course.

For two weeks, a majority of the

year group chose to participate in:

Krav Maga self-defence training

(which taught boys how to resist

street assault, including knife

attacks); motivational coaching,

run by the inspiring Joe Sparks;

etiquette classes (which were

particularly popular and run by

international consultants, The

English Manner); gym circuits run

by the Sports Centre staff; lectures

- on diet, life in the City and the

Army and counter-insurgency

through history; a day trip to the

National Coal Mining Museum

and Yorkshire Sculpture Park; and

the expertly-run adventure camps

in Wales and Oxfordshire. On

the camps, boys were set exciting

challenges, which in many cases

helped them to achieve new goals

and conquer personal phobias,

especially vertigo. All activities

were provided without extra cost to


I was particularly impressed

with two things. Firstly, boys

were openly appreciative of all

that was arranged for them and

engaged in all activities with

real energy and a positive spirit,

despite being a little tired after

their examinations. Secondly, the

response from Common Room for

volunteers to help with the project

was magnificent, despite Dons’

very busy schedules at this time of

year. It is very likely that aspects

of the courses will be incorporated

into general Radley life in future,

such has been their success. We

note that no competitor school has

arranged a programme of post-

GCSE diversions on this scale and

it is our intention to run a similar

programme, albeit in amended

form, next year.

Finally, I would like to thank

all those who made it possible,

especially Paul Fernandez and

Will Matthews - who arranged the

adventurous training camps.

Stephen Rathbone,

Academic Director

The Youlbury Camps

The Youlbury trips aimed to develop the

pupils’ confidence, abilities and teamwork.

They navigated themselves from Radley to

Youlbury, living there in close proximity, with

communal cooking and washing-up. The

quantities of food available went down well

and the boys even came up with some new

culinary treats. A pudding of waffles with

melted marshmallows, chocolate drops and

ice cream proved popular.

Most of the time was taken up undertaking a

wide array of aerial activities, which developed

the boys’ confidence at height, with a great

deal of teamwork needed to complete tasks.

These included: the 3-G swing, an exhilarating

two-person swing, often upside-down; an

aerial trek, a series of obstacles at height; crate

stacking (how high can the pair get, balancing

on bottle crates?); Jacob’s ladder; teams of

three negotiating ever-widening horizontal

logs; archery; abseiling, both upright and

upside-down; finally, zip wire, again also

occasionally upside-down.

The boys relaxed by playing frisbee, football,

touch rugby, plus the ‘giant connect-4’ and

‘giant jenga’. They engaged with every activity

and certainly gained a great deal from their


Paul Fernandez

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The Wales Camps

The camps in Wales were a terrific success. Radleians achieved a great deal across

two three-day camps and a total of 36 boys attended. From our base, they climbed

the highest mountain in Clwyd – Cadair Berwyn (827m); threw themselves into the

plunge pool of the highest waterfall in the UK – Pistyll Rhaeadr (80m); conquered

their vertigo on the highest rope course in the UK (a mere 21 metres high); and

learned to cook spaghetti bolognese – an essential for university life!

They enjoyed the exciting challenge of white water rafting at the sport’s National

Centre. They also made music with the Jenny Miller Band in the evenings.

Will Matthews


The Radley Newsletter 3

Admissions at

The number of parents registering

their sons at Radley has almost

doubled since 2003 and by 2006 it

became apparent that the school

needed a full time Registrar and

the Admissions Office was quickly

established. Based in the Mansion, the

Admissions team is responsible for all

issues regarding entry to Radley: from

when boys are first registered at birth,

until the moment they arrive on their

first day here.

The Office takes around 1,500

enquiries every year and arranges

around 600 visits to Radley – an

average of nearly thirty visits each

week in term-time. There are no Open

Days: instead all visits are arranged

on an individual basis, with parents

and boys meeting a member of Senior

Management and/or the Registrar, and

being given a full tour of the school

by a current pupil. All Radley boys are

considered well-qualified to offer a

tour; there is no system of trained tour


Radley is the only school still to take

registrations simply in date order:

i.e. from birth. Demand is higher

than ever and there is already a

waiting list for 2021. If registered

early, there is no compulsory ‘pretest’:

it is simply a question of sitting

Common Entrance at 13+, with the

pass mark currently 55%, rising to

60% in 2014. This absence of any

pre-testing at 11+ is an essential part

of Radley’s philosophy. Registrar,

Vanessa Hammond, explains why:

“Boys develop enormously between

11 and 13. We benefit from having

late developers coming to Radley

and we pride ourselves on taking a

Natasha Cooper

Natasha has worked in the Admissions Office since it was

set up in 2008. In addition to her other duties, she provides

a welcoming face to boys and parents alike, when they arrive

for Scholarships and ‘Warden’s List’ Days.

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broad mix of boys with many varying


Offers of places are sent out three

years in advance, in registration date

order. The earlier boys are registered,

the better their chances of obtaining

a place. On receipt of a firm offer,

parents are invited to visit three

Socials of their choice and can discuss

this choice with the Registrar. Parents

can also book to meet the Warden

then. The Registrar co-ordinates

waiting lists for Socials which again

are organized in registration date


Vanessa Hammond, Registrar.

Vanessa was until 2011,

Development Director at The

School of St Helen and St

Katharine, Abingdon, where she

dealt with marketing and fundraising.

She herself lived in G

Social for twelve years, being

married to Senior Master, Harry

Hammond, former Tutor there.

Anne Widdup

Anne moved from the

Foundation Office in 2010 and

since leaving university, has

gained extensive experience

in administration. Anne’s

responsibilities include

arranging visits to Social Tutors

and Common Entrance.

Around 25 places are held back for

those who register too late or who

have not registered at all, known

as the ‘Warden’s List’. Around 80

boys apply for these limited places

and come here for interviews and

assessment two years before entry

- also organised by the Admissions


There are Scholarships held in

January/February of the year of entry,

with Academic, Art, Music, Drama

and ‘All Rounder’ awards all open for

entry to registered and non-registered

candidates from the June in the

previous year. About 25 scholarships

are offered each year, which can be

supplemented by a means-tested

bursary. Generally we have around

20-25 candidates applying for an

academic scholarship; whilst up

to double that number often apply

for ‘All Rounder’ awards, reflecting

Radley’s strength across the board.

In addition, there are Foundation

Awards, which are means-tested

and intended for those currently at

maintained schools. Assessments are

held three years in advance, with the

Radley Foundation paying for two

years at prep school, followed by five

years at Radley.

Although places in the Sixth Form

are often limited, we do also hold

Sixth Form Entrance assessments

in November each year, for boys

interested in coming to Radley for the

final two years. In particular there is

the Bastyan Organ Scholarship for

Sixth Formers which is a means tested

bursary, up to 100% of the fees, for a

talented organist.

All this makes for a very busy

year for the Admissions team:

organizing advance offers of places in

Michaelmas, running Scholarships in

the New Year, co-ordinating Common

Entrance in June. And, of course,

organizing all those visits to Radley

each week….

Details of how to apply to Radley are

on our website – www.radley.org.uk

Henry Rees (Remove)

Moulsford, J Social

I’ve been at Radley for a year, yet feel as if I’ve just

arrived; the time has gone so quickly. My biggest

concern was that I had never boarded before at my

Prep School, but after a few days, it became secondnature

to me, as I was overwhelmed with activities.

Firstly, there is the ‘Games Circus’ to keep you

occupied, where you can try out all the different

sports. My favourites were squash, closely followed

by real tennis. Then you have Shell Athletic

Standards, where you compete in running, long

jump, track and field events. Even with these

sporting commitments, you have some free time,

which you can use to make friends. The Haddon

Cup is another way of making friends within your

Social, as you all work together on the same Drama


The best part of Radley is the freedom given to try

out new things out and the fact that not everything

is strictly regimented. So, for example, you can play

sports, or practise music in Central Hour, an hour

long period in the middle of the day. The one thing

I won’t miss about being a Shell are the duties you

have to complete before morning lessons, such as

collecting papers or tidying up the Games Room!

At the beginning, you are put in sets based on your

Common Entrance or Scholarship results; but after

first-term exams, there is movement between these

sets. Compared with your previous schools, there

is a lot more Prep, but they do give you the time to

do this in the evening. As long as you use this time

efficiently, you shouldn’t need to work in your free


Apart from duties, I have really enjoyed my first

year; it has been a great help in making me more

independent and self-reliant. It has given me lots of

opportunities: some of which only come perhaps

once or twice in a lifetime, and some I would

almost certainly not be able to do anywhere else.


The Radley


At time of writing (with most A Level

re-marks complete), we had seen 92.41% of

A Level results graded A* to B. At AS, which

boys sit largely with A2 in the 6.2 year, 93.42%

of grades were A/B (there is no A* at AS). A

record number of boys (76) collected 3 A*/

As or more. Eight boys gained 5A*/A grades,

of which two gained a complete row of top

grades. Finally, three boys gained 6 A*/A

grades. All this means that the vast majority

of Radleians gained entry to their preferred

university course. Indeed, some who had

exceeded expectations, took advantage of

the recently introduced UCAS 'adjustment'

system to gain an upgrade in course and/

or university. Once again, there was strong

evidence that studying four A Levels had been

very significant in gaining offers from the

prestigious institutions to which Radleians


Our GCSE/IGCSE results were similarly

impressive, with (before re-marks) 90.5%

of grades at A*/A. This was a rise of 4.55%

compared with the previous year. Many

individual performances were quite

exceptional, with 19 boys gaining 10 A*s or

more. There was a good number of instances

where boys far surpassed their grade

predictions. Despite the increased rigour of

IGCSEs, which are now sat in many subjects,

it seems that boys and their teachers have risen

to the stimulating challenge in an impressive

way. It is also notable that while the national

share of A* grades fell by 0.5%, to 7.3%, we saw

Radley's total rise from an already impressive

43.13% in 2011, to 57% this year. This was an

enormous leap and we are very proud of

what the boys have achieved. In line with our

established policy, we shall not be publishing

the results in the national press. However, you

will agree that boys, parents and Common

Room have a great deal to celebrate.

This was the second year of boys voluntarily

taking the Edexcel Extended Project, as

the culmination of their ‘Standing on the

Shoulders of Giants’ courses in 6.1. Fourteen

boys submitted Projects on a wide variety of

subjects: over half, eight, achieved A* grades.

‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ aims to

encourage Independent Learning at Radley;

it is clear university admissions dons like

the breadth it provides. The accompanying

Lectures, over 30 in the 6.1 year, have again

proved highly stimulating.

It has been an intensely competitive year

for university entry, but Radleians did well at

Oxbridge in December, and large numbers

have received offers from historically

demanding universities including Bristol,

Durham and Edinburgh.

Tom Saunders’ (Woodleigh, h) poem

‘Beauty’ was runner-up in the Roche Court

Poetry competition 2011; Freddy Rendall (Hall

Grove, c) was a runner-up in the Vellacott

History prize, Cambridge University’s most

prestigious History essay prize for schools;

Patrick Rogers (Ludgrove, k) was awarded

a meritorious Nuffield Bursary and spent

four weeks on a research project (Surface

Topography of Metallic Bodies); Nick

Ogilvie (Horris Hill, k) has just won

a similar award to spend time at an

engineering firm in Banbury.

Declamations 2012 was again

outstanding, judged by Dr

Paul Dean of Summer Fields.

Tommy Siman, Senior Prefect,

(Abingdon Prep, h) created

history by winning for the fifth

year running, this time the

6.2 class. Other winners were

Jamie Robinson (Twyford, f);

Alexander Johnstone

(Ludgrove, c); Ned Campbell

(St John’s Cambridge, e);

Conor Mosedale (Christ

Church Cathedral, f).

It has been another busy

year for Debating. In October,

we welcomed sixth formers

from Wycombe Abbey. Our

main team of John Warner

(Dragon, a) and Ed Stuart-Bourne

(Swanbourne House, d) then

competed in the ESU Mace at St

Helen’s, Abingdon. The Final of the

Sixth Form Inter-Social Competition was

won by H Social’s team of George Gundle

(Dragon, h), Tom Saunders and Tommy

Siman (Abingdon Prep, h). In addition, all

Shells took part in the Grand 2012 Shells

Competition, with every single boy being

a main Speaker at some stage. Finally, the

Final of the Removes/Shells Competition

was contested in June by J and E Socials, with

Alex Rae (Pinewood, j), Alex Grant (Dragon,

e) and Yannis Gidopoulos (Moulsford, e) all

impressing as excellent speakers.

Again we were fortunate to attract

distinguished visitors to the school including

John Nugee, Ziya Meral, Clive Stafford-

Smith, Lord Feldman, John Bridcut. Jonathan

Edwards came to inspire us to aim high in

Olympic year. Professor AC Grayling spoke

on New College of the Humanities and on

Philosophy. The academic and department

societies enjoyed a host of guest speakers

across the year.

The 6.2 Conference with

St Helen’s was a great

success – ‘Born

to Lead’



David Richards,

CEO Aston Martin;

Ed Smith, writer and

cricketer; Fru Hazlitt (on Leadership

in the Media), and Commodore Jake Moores.

Creative writing has had another strong

year under Christopher and Cathy Ellott;

Creative Writing Anthologies continue to be

published regularly.


Year 2011/12

The rebirth of the Medical Society

during Michaelmas Term produced an early

highlight as Hamish Miller (King’s Hall, a)

won a medical lecture competition against

fellow prospective medical students

from Harrow School and

Wycombe Abbey

School. Hamish

presented a


lecture entitled

‘The Ethics of Predictive

Testing: Huntington’s Disease’.

Radley dons keep themselves fresh by

writing: Rob King’s 20th book whilst at Radley

has just been published – Revision Notes in A

Level Chemistry.


Back in September, the whole school

embarked on a sponsored walk.

Originally the brainchild of Dr Jim

Summerly, who was too ill to organise it,

Tim Lawson masterminded an excellent

day. Boys walked 20 miles of the

Ridgeway and raised £83,000. One newly

arrived Shell, Oliver Smith (Dragon, k)

raised £1,860 alone.

Ed Barber (Summer Fields, d), Tom

Stables (Ashdown House, d) and Will

Travers (Aldro, d) raised £47,500 for

A-CET and Combat Stress by cycling

from London to Monte Carlo. In

total over £200,000 has been

raised by the College and its

individuals in 2011/12.

In this Jubilee Year, 4

cadets from the CCF Royal

Naval Section, Johnny

Hayes (Horris Hill, k),

Freddie Light (Cumnor

House, h), Ben Mills

(Summer Fields, k), and

Ed Walker (Ludgrove,

k), formed part of the

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Pageant in the Admiral

Bowyer, one of the RN

Section’s New Trinity 500

craft. Radley’s was the only

CCF crew to take part.

There was a successful

Biennial CCF Inspection

conducted by Marshal of the

Royal Air Force Lord Craig of

Radley. On November 11th we

had a moving presentation from

Harry Parker OR, badly wounded

in Afghanistan, and his uncle Edward

Parker of ‘Walking with the Wounded’.

Remembrance Sunday saw a packed

Chapel, with Sally Thorneloe in

attendance, for a special Remembrance

Sunday Service, complete with flypast

from a WW1 plane. Radley’s Armed

Forces Fund, to educate children of

service personnel injured or killed in

action, now stands at £1.23m; it was

given a great boost by the Silver Ball in

November 2011, attended by over 900

guests, and raising over £250k on the


Radleians continue to do a great deal

for Community Action Projects: teaching

in primary schools, helping cub packs,

teaching visiting children and teaching

Y8/9 pupils Classics for Beginners at

the Oxford Academy, being members

of Concert Parties going out weekly to

Old People’s homes in Oxfordshire. 48

separate homes were visited. March saw

the link established with a new Academy,

Desborough School, Maidenhead,

to which Radley will be educational


A large number of trips and

expeditions have taken place – historians

to Russia and Nomandy, classicists to

Rome and the Bay of Naples, politics

students to Washington and rugby

players to Italy.

In July 2011, thirteen 6.2 boys joined

EJT and Annette Hack for a 10 day

building project in Kerala (South India).

Working alongside local tradesmen, they

helped build homes for two families on

the island of Mankotta, whose current

accommodation dipped below the waterline

during the rainy season. Following

the project, the boys independently (in

groups of four or five) explored Kerala

and its neighbouring states.

Also in July 2011, Andrew Shouler,

Matt and Kirsty Pringle led fourteen 6.1

boys in running a summer school for

12-16 year olds in School no. 2 in Moreni,

Romania. The boys taught English,

craft and engaged in cultural exchange

activities. Bertie Johnstone (Ludgrove,

c) and Turoe Holder (Caldicott, f), in

particular, distinguished themselves

for the quality of their lessons and

preparation. This July (2012), seventeen

6.1 boys (and one 6.2) travelled to

Tanzania with MRJ, GJAH and AMH.

After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, they

met our new partner school (Gehandu

Secondary School in Mbulu) to get

involved in teaching activities and

cultural exchange. The boys’ fundraising

will provide them with school textbooks

and equipment. At the same time,

WOCM and DP took twenty 6.1 boys on

a joint trip to Borneo with Tudor Hall.

Whilst there, they completed a building

project in a remote jungle location.



Drama has once again had an

exceptional year. Individually the

boys have flourished and Jon Tarcy

(Shrewsbury House, g) gained a place at

the Central School of Speech and Drama,

while Henry Mcpherson (The Downs,

d) and John Warner (Dragon, a) are

preparing to direct West Side Story for

Pegasus Theatre. Jon Tarcy was a brilliant

Sweeney Todd in Robert Lowe’s excellent

production of Sondheim’s masterpiece

in November 2011. There has never

been anything like it at Radley for its

professional quality in what is musically

a fiendishly difficult work. The company,

with girls from across Oxfordshire,

sang exceptionally well; the stage and

costumes were wonderful and sell-out

audiences in all six performances were

wowed. In the Lent Term the Removes

performed The Madness of George III

with a marvellous and convincing title

role from Thor Winkler von Stiernhielm

(Eagle House, h), while 6.1 performed

‘Arcadia’ with a very strong cast. The

Shell Play, Treasure Island, was directed

by Henry Mcpherson (The Downs, d)

and Jamie Robinson (Twyford, f). The

Theatre was busy, too, with Charity

Games Shows, written and chaired by

Robert Lowe, raising £1,800 for Sobell

House, with a wonderful Leavers’ Recital

from Tommy Siman (Abingdon Prep, h)

and Jon Tarcy (Shrewsbury House, g),

and with the second year of the Milligan

Cup for Musical Theatre, won again by

Jon Tarcy.

Music, too, continues to flourish. In

the Michaelmas Term, Scholars Concert,

Ferguson Singing Competition (with

huge numbers of competitors), the

Hudson String Competition, a wonderful

and impressive Choral Evensong at

Worcester Cathedral (whose canons said

they’d never seen a choir 115+) as large

in the Cathedral, and the high quality

Carol services and Christmas Concert;

the Lent Term was marked by John

Warner (Dragon, a) and Tom Bennett

(Hall Grove, a) gaining Performance

Diplomas, only the 4th and 5th boys

to achieve that accolade at Radley, and

by Will Ford (New College, b) gaining

a Choral Scholarship to New College,

Oxford, Lawrence Halksworth (St

George’s Windsor, e) a Vocal Scholarship

to the Royal College of Music, and James

Moore (Hereford Cathedral School, e)

winning two piano competitions at the

Oxford Music Festival. Our leading

musicians came together for an excellent

Concerto Concert in February and for

an equally arresting Piano Extravaganza.

The Summer Term saw a packed Silk

Hall witnessing a varied and entertaining

Warden’s Music, and a Wharton Piano

Competition of real and rare quality. Nor

is all the music conventionally classical;

guitar playing, rock music and musical

theatre flourish.

The Art Department has struggled

manfully with the demolition of its

gallery space; once again the examination

shows were of a very high standard. The

department eagerly awaits the opening

of the new Clocktower Square (due in

Summer 2013), and boys’ work is being

prepared to adorn the huge and inviting

spaces there.


Radley is one of the strongest sports

schools in England, judged both by the

sheer number of teams it puts out – 24

Rugby XVs in Michaelmas Term,

18 Hockey XIs and 11 Soccer XIs

and 10 VIIIs in the Lent Term, 18

Cricket XIs, numerous Tennis

pairs, 10 VIIIs in the Summer

Term – but also in the success

those teams have against

strong fixture lists. It is very

rare indeed for the school

not to win the majority

of its matches in a block

fixture. And looking at the

top teams in each sport –

Rugby 1st XV won all but 2

games; Hockey 1st XI won

all but one game; Cricket

1st XI winning all but

one game; 1st VIII bronze

medallists in the National

Schools; 1st IV Tennis last

year in the top four schools

nationally. It is quite some


In the Rugby, 70% of matches

were won. Against Oundle

16/17 matches were won, against

Sherborne 17/20, Bedford 14/17,

Marlborough 14/17. The 1st XV was

powerful, and in close encounters had

the strength to come through and win:

Sherborne beaten 8-7; Tonbridge 12-11

(their only defeat); Bedford 14-10. Oliver

Wynne-Griffith was an outstanding

and inspirational captain. The 5th XV,

(Stonewall) and JC4 and 5 were unbeaten.

The 1st XI Hockey had another

excellent season finishing with a record

of Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 1 to win the

Charlie Barker trophy for the second

year running. They also won the

Oxfordshire U18 County Tournament.

Other teams to excel included the 2nd

XI, 4th XI, M4 and M5 who all won

their respective ISHL leagues. The

club as a whole set high standards and

almost 60% of matches played were

won. Individual honours went to James

Todd (Cheltenham College Junior, g),

Hugh Gordon (Winchester House, c),

James Mahon (Cothill, c) and Andrew

Pfaff (Cheam, e) who were selected to

play for Oxfordshire at their respective

age groups. Hamish Miller (King’s Hall,

a) was an excellent captain. The 1st XI

Soccer had a slow start to the season

but reached the final of the LB Cup for

the second year running,

narrowly losing to





The Cricket has

been led by three extraordinary

schoolboy players, Captain Wilf Marriott

(Farleigh, g), Nick Gubbins (Elstree,

h) and Alex Hearne (Dragon, j), all of

whom have had representative honours,

and have played in the XI for four years

or more. Wilf scored five centuries, and

a 50 and Nick Gubbins’ 130 v Bradfield

was one of the best schoolboy innings


ever seen on the ground. Against Eton,

the pair scored 236-0 in their opening

partnership, and topped that by scoring

252-0 against Abingdon (Marriott 138 n.o.

Gubbins 102 n.o.). But all the cricketers

have suffered from terrible weather. Other

notable scalps have been Marlborough,

Charterhouse, Winchester and Harrow,

with really comprehensive wins at Harrow

and at Tonbridge, where Tonbridge were

dismissed for 87 when pursuing Radley’s

237. For the first time Radley

won both the Cowdrey

Cup (versus Eton,



and Wellington)

and the John Harvey

Cup (versus Marlborough, St

Edwards, Winchester and Bradfield).

It has been a challenging season for the

rowers with many events cancelled due

to adverse weather conditions. The J15s

have improved steadily during the course

of the season and achieved an excellent

win in the quad event at Marlow Town

Regatta and a third place in the eight at

Wallingford Regatta. The J16s showed

good form throughout the season with a

win at Nottingham City Regatta, second

place Wallingford Regatta and a solid

fourth place in a record-breaking final at

the National Schools’ Regatta. The 2nd

VIII had a good win at Worcester Regatta

(where they also won in the coxed four

event) and have improved steadily during

the season. The 1st VIII started the season

with a fifth place in the Schools’ Head

and achieved second place in Elite Eights

at Nottingham City Regatta. They were

in an excellent record-breaking National

Schools’ final where they clinched the

bronze medal, and both the coxed and

coxless fours reached the A-final in a large

and very competitive field. At Henley they

reached the final of the Princess Elizabeth

Cup, losing narrowly to Abingdon. For

the fifth time in the past decade they

posted the second fasted time of the

whole competition, but still lost out.

Ollie Wynne-Griffith (Aldro, j) and

Charlie Shaw (Westbourne House,

j) also represented Great Britain

at the Munich International


On the Athletics track

history was made. Blair

McCallum (Moulsford, b)

broke school records at 100m

(10.6), 200m (21.6), helped

the 4x100m relay team to

a new record (43.1) and in

winning the Achilles Relays

4x100m (best performance

of the day award, too) and

came second in the Scottish

Senior Championships 200m.

George Gundle (Dragon, h)

broke a long standing record at

400m with 50.4. 21 boys and 20

dons/adults took part in the 50k

relay race at Radley; the team of

3-5 took between 2hrs 46 minutes

and 3hrs 41 minutes.

The Golf team also had notable

success – Tom Beasley (Abingdon Prep,

c), Johnny Wright (Summer Fields, c),

Keith Seward (Hereward House, b), Robin

Eliot (Ashdown House, b) and Charlie

Bailey (Dulwich Prep, c) won the West of

England Championships.

In Real Tennis, Ben Boddington

(Moulsford, g) and Hamish Miller (King’s

Hall, a) were schools’ National Doubles

Champions; Ben Boddington won the

National U19 dubles and Felix White the

National U15 Doubles.

The Lawn Tennis Club has gone from

strength to strength over the past few

years, largely due to the commitment and

enthusiasm of the Masters in Charge,

Harry Crump and David Cresswell.

This year the club grew to over 150

players for the first time and over 1,450

competitive sets were played against

opposition schools. The season began

with a successful pre-season tour to

Mallorca. Thereafter, the Bigside team

returned and won the ISL doubles Shield

on the second weekend of term. Strong

performances followed in the RHWM

and OXIST leagues. These achievements

were matched by a highly successful Colts

VIII who won the RHWM league and

played a leading role in the Junior ISL

team. Notable club successes were a 45-35

win against Eton and a 49-46 win against

Bradfield, where the first ever Saturday

Midgets teams won to turn the fixture in

Radley’s favour. Finally, congratulations

must go to Hamish Miller (Bigside

captain) (King’s Hall, a) who was selected

to play for the Independent School’s VI

versus the All England Club at Wimbledon

at the end of last season.

It has been the most successful season

for Rackets in many a year. Our first

pair, Hamish Miller (King’s Hall, a) and

Charlie Beardall (Moulsford, e), improved

throughout the season and beating

Harrow on their court was the highlight

which gave them No 3 seed spot in the

Public Schools’ Doubles in March. They

then went on to reach the semi-final but

were beaten by Eton, the number 2 seeds.

George Buckley (Moulsford, b) and Rupert

Boddington (Moulsford, g), however,

produced the biggest upset during the

doubles championship by beating the No

2 seeds in the Colts and reaching the final.

This success was down to the fact that

nearing the championship they found time

around all their other commitments to

practise. They reaped the rewards for their

hard work and it was thoroughly deserved.

Squash: during Michaelmas Term

Jack Roddan (Caldicott, c), Hugh Gillen-

Toon (Caldicott, j), Jonathan Backhouse

(Lockers Park, f) and Samuel Austin

(Cothill, c) played in the Oxfordshire

County Championships (closed). Sam

Austin, playing in only his second season

of squash, won the U15 Plate, and Hugh

Gillen-Toon came a highly respectable

second in the U17 group. During the

Lent Term the seniors played in division

one (after promotion last year) of the

Roehampton Schools Invitational

tournament where they competed well at

the highest level against many of the best

independent school teams in the country.

The club is sorry to be losing two of its

best contributors over the past few seasons

to retirement: Jack Roddan and Charlie

Grimshaw (Woodcote House, c) who have

represented Radley at the highest level for

many years.



Over the Summer holidays, organised parties of Radleians travelled to far-flung

places and continents, with the aim of stretching their horizons and, at the same

time, benefiting the diverse communities there. One such trip was to Tanzania.

As the sun rose over Heathrow,

a steady trickle of bleary-eyed

Radleains arrived for the journey to

Tanzania. Our destination – Nairobi –

was eventually reached at the unholy

hour of 2am.

The next day, a cramped, bumpy twoday

bus journey led us to the foot of

Africa’s highest mountain (5895m),

Kilimanjaro. We took the picturesque

Rongai route, scheduled to take seven

days. Our climbing entourage was

impressive: three guides, five assistant

guides, one cook, two waiters, four

tent crew, one camp manager, nearly

forty porters. To the battle cry of “Pole!

Pole!” (“Slowly! Slowly!”) this small

army embarked on the dusty climb.

Enthusiasm and spirits ran high. This

energy was quashed however, with

our first casualty to altitude sickness at

3400m. Temperatures plummeted to

-15°C, making the midnight toilet dash

a particularly unpleasant experience.

The arrival at Base Camp at the

Kibo hut (4700 m) saw nerves and

excitement move up a notch, as boys

and staff geared up for the final push.

At this elevation, even getting out of

the sleeping bag was an energy-sapping

endeavour and a number of the boys

were struggling. The remaining 1200m

climb to the tip of the granite titan

seemed daunting.

“The Big Push” started at midnight.

The head-lamps from our group

lit up the mountain like fireflies.

Despite the positive mood, the 5000m

boundary proved critical for many:

stomach-cramps, headaches, dizziness,

nausea, vomiting and the extreme

cold (temperatures dropped to a

low of around -25°C) resulted in six

more ‘casualties’. Of the 21 starters,

only twelve made it to the top,

demonstrating the extreme physical

demands of this expedition. Those

that did make it were justifiably

elated; those that didn’t still felt

extremely proud of their efforts.

Before long the group was swept

off on another lengthy journey over

bumpy African roads. After a brief

encounter with some serpents at

Meserani Snake Park, we arrived at

our partnership school, Gehandu

Secondary School in remote Mbulu.

Set in spectacularly dusty and

scrubby mountains, Gehandu is

a government-funded secondary

school with the same number of

students as Radley, but with only

twenty-two teaching staff and no

ground staff. Students and staff spend

two hours per day collecting water

from a hand pump at the bottom of

a valley, harvesting beans and maize

from local fields, cleaning classrooms

and toilets; all of these tasks were

essential to ensure the school remains

self-sufficient. Everyone from Radley

noted the great sense of community.

Most of our week was focused

on teaching the students, but the

Radleians also dutifully took part

in the aforementioned chores. The

boys rose to the challenge heroically:

teaching a total of 57 periods in the

space of five school days. Lessons

were a great hit with the students

and staff of Gehandu: these ranged

from writing Japanese haikus, to

understanding irony and sarcasm.

Our student-led approach excited the

Gehandu crowds and left their mark.

A huge success was the visit to the

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neighbouring primary school, Titiwi.

Everyone was greeted by a sea of

smiling children, desperate to make

an impression on the fair-skinned

aliens. It was an opportunity to visit

local farms and homes, where the

warmth of our reception - often

provided with sugar cane, tea and

bananas - was nothing short of


We were also carried away by

Tanzanian football fever during the

trip. After adjusting to the oxygendeprived

conditions at 1900m,

the Radley team (boys and staff)

achieved a respectable W 4, D 1, L

2 record against Gehandu and the

Catholic seminary school.

The highlight for many were the

safaris to Lake Manyara and the

Ngorongoro crater. We caught

glimpses of the “Big Five”: lions,

hippos, elephants, giraffes and

rhinos. Our now-legendary

encounter with the lions in

Ngorongoro was perhaps a little too

close for comfort, with a pride of

nine resting on our jeeps.

All too soon the trip drew to a

close and Gehandu gave Radley an

emotional send-off. It was made clear

that we had contributed a great deal

in a short period. Apart from helping

with the teaching and learning in

lessons (all conducted in English,

their third language), we raised

over £4000 for school resources

and donated 200kg of second hand

school textbooks from College. The

trip provided a wealth of valuable

experiences and set up what we hope

will be a worthwhile and sustainable

partnership. The boys should feel

proud of their achievements and

their significant contribution to a

disadvantaged community.


The trip was massively successful.

It was a real adventure, without

straying into the bracket of

misadventure. We returned safe and

sound and employed safe practices

whilst there. Our comfort zones

were stretched and our minds

expanded outside the classroom.

And we successfully worked on

a sustainable and worthwhile

community and environmental

project, alongside people from

the host country and local skilled

workers, with the boys working as a

team in the process.

Along with a group from Tudor

Hall School, we helped to construct

a shelter at the Causirina site, part

of the new Pa Umor Eco‐Tourism

Trail. The Causirina Camp is the

final camp on the eco‐tourism

circuit, connecting four other

camps. All of these trekking shelters

provide accommodation and

facilities for tourists to the area. The

aim of the circuit is to link a number

of cultural sites on a journey

through the rainforest. The focus

is on eco‐tourism and responsible

and sustainable travel. Building

the camp represented a massive

challenge, because of its remote

jungle location. Personal goals

boys had set themselves were also

fulfilled: e.g. Ollie Williams’ desire

to learn about expedition medicine,

prior to university.

The Radleians remained positive

and enthusiastic throughout and

return into 6.2 with a wealth of ‘life

experience’ – something we should

benefit tremendously from as a


The jungle can bring out the best

people have to offer – pupils and

adults alike. Quite apart from all the

chances to integrate with different

cultures and people, the physical

and mental challenges it provides

offers an excellent opportunity for

personal introspection.

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Almost everybody has

looked up at the night sky

at some point in their lives

and thought about our place in

the universe and it is the ability of

Astronomy to prompt questions from

boys that makes it such a wonderful

subject. From the Shell and Remove

years, when we look at our solar

system, to the Sixth Form, when we

study exoplanets and calculate the

surface temperature of distant stars,

it is a part of lessons at all stages of a

boy’s time in the Physics Department.

But it is also a wonderful opportunity

to make links across different

departments. A recent talk on the

history of the Transit of Venus from

a Greenwich Royal Observatory

researcher and a performance of

Sousa’s Transit of Venus March are

two recent examples of this: as is the

talk in the 6.1 Lecture series about the

Copernican revolution. 6.1 physicists

visited Greenwich Observatory this

year and on clear nights, boys have

the opportunity to use the Physics

department telescopes. A new

specialist telescope will also make it

possible for boys to directly observe

the sun and so the Astronomy tradition

at Radley, stretching back to its earliest

days, will continue on into the future.

Kevin Mosedale,

Head of Physics


at Radley

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