National Handwriting Competition

National Handwriting Competition

This ever popular competition provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils of all ages from 4 to 13 to hone their writing skills. Schools compete for the Nexus trophy whilst all individual entrants receive a certificate for entering to reward their efforts. Winning pupils within their age range receive excellent quality fountain pens and the competition is based on the entrants copying and submitting -via their schools-selected poems appropriate to their age group.

Details of the 2020 Competition will be posted just after this Autumn’s half term. Judging takes place at the end of The Spring Term (2020) and winning schools are contacted in the Summer Term. Many congratulations to all this year’s winners and, of course, to those who took part. They are all winners in our eyes.

Another very successful SATIPS’ National Handwriting Competition has produced a new overall winning school. Many congratulations to St Faith’s, Cambridge who are the 2019 Handwriting Competition winners and receive The Nexus Shield. Runners up are last year’s winners, St Bernard’s, Slough. Many congratulations to all the individual winners and to everyone who took part who, quite rightly, receive a certificate for so doing. Well done, of course, to all participating schools and their hard working teachers.

Age 4

1st Birchfield School, Wolverhampton
2nd Taya De Silva St Cedd’s, Chelmsford
3rd Ayva Winter Elliot Park School, Minster

Age 5

1st Lyra Platts St Cedd’s, Chelmsford
2nd Dhanni Aggarwal St Bernard’s , Slough
3rd Pippa Hoyle St Faith’s, Cambridge

Age 6

1st Milbourne Lodge, Esher
2nd Daisy Ingle Hall School, Wimbledon
3rd Scarlett Wang Hall School, Wimbledon

Age 7

1st Shreya Bhan-Mistry The Gleddings, Halifax
2nd Kensington Prep School
3rd Margaux Ivanovic Oxford High Prep School

Age 8

1st Evie Marsden The Gleddings, Halifax
2nd Isla P Copley Junior School, Doncaster
3rd Oyesola Ogundipe St Bernard’s , Slough

Age 9

1st Shaan Talwar St Bernard’s , Slough
2nd Stanley S Copley Junior School, Doncaster
3rd Armaan Kalia St Bernard’s , Slough

Age 10

1st Tashika Arora Oxford High Prep School
2nd Koyenum Adoh St Bernard’s , Slough
3rd Ryan Stubbs St Faith’s, Cambridge

Age 11

1st Connie M” Copley Junior School, Doncaster
2nd Amy Montgomerie Eaton House, The Manor Prep School, London
3rd Nimra Hanif The Gleddings, Halifax

Age 12

1st Roxana Yousef St Faith’s, Cambridge
2nd Eva Daniells Beechwood Park School, St Albans
3rd St Michael’s, Burghclere

Age 13

1st Annie Reed St Faith’s, Cambridge
2nd Lucy Short St Faith’s, Cambridge
3rd Jack Joseph Keppel Eaton House, The Manor Prep School, London


1st Miss L Passant Copley Junior School, Doncaster
2nd Sophie Major Eaton House, The Manor Prep School, London
3rd Olivia Campbell Eaton House, The Manor Prep School, London

General Knowledge Quiz (The Challenge)

Many congratulations to all those who took part in the SATIPS challenge 2019 and especially to the senior winner, Rory Hayes (Aldwickbury) and to the junior joint winners Harry Calcraft (Westminster Under School) and Charlie Image (Magdallen College School). There were 35 schools entered in the Senior Challenge and 50 schools entered in the Junior section; over 2400 pupils took part.

Entries for the 2020 SATIPS Challenge are now open! The 2020 competition will take place during the last week in January. Schools may chose any day from the 27th of January until the 1st of February on which to complete the challenge.

Papers will be emailed out on Thursday the 24th of January. To register please fill in the form using the following hyperlink here –

Annual Art Exhibition

During the summer term SATIPS member schools showcased their talented young artists’ work at the SATIPS National Prep Schools’ Art Exhibition held for the second year running at Bromsgrove School.

Open to pupils from Reception to Year 8, the exhibition was an opportunity for each member school to display up to eight pieces of their pupils’ artwork. Bromsgrove was delighted that fifty-one member schools sent artwork for display. The standard of work was incredibly high and the artwork ranged from individual masterpieces, to 2D and 3D work and collaborative pieces.

The Exhibition was launched on Saturday 27th April, with a private view event for Head Teachers and Art Teachers, and on Sunday 28th April for artists and their families. The Exhibition was then open for school visits from Monday 29th April to Friday 10th May. Many participating schools bought groups to the visit the exhibition and take part in artist workshops with visiting artist Mark Lippett. During visits art teachers encouraged their pupils to record artworks that captured their imagination in their sketchbooks and talk about what they found inspirational in front of their classmates.

Bromsgrove School have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the SATIPS National Prep Schools’ Art Exhibition in 2018 and 2019. Next year the exhibition will move to The Royal Masonic School for Girls.

Entry details will be sent to schools in due course, but in the meantime for further information please contact Alayne Parsley on or via the website





This annual ski competition is for SATIPS schools only and is held in May at the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre

Teams of 4 compete both at under 11 and under 14 age groups.

Further details from the organiser, Gillian Gilyead on 01582 833582 and

The annual arrival of enthusiastic skiers from Satips member schools took place on 13 May and provided the usual mix of excitement, triumph and disappointment – in other words a normal school sporting occasion.The Under 11 Boys started the day as usual. This is now the largest group, as many more senior schools are admitting boys at Year 7. The high standard of racing achieved by these young boys is the result of a lot of time and effort and the session was a very competitive one.

The Under 14 Boys came next – not so many schools in this section but as some of the more traditional prep. schools were able to enter two teams the competition was still strong, with many of the older boys showing great skill.

The afternoon session for the both girls’ age groups had a strong entry in the Under 11 section, to be expected as this is the traditional age of transfer for many, but it was pleasing to have more Under 14 girls this year – again perhaps an indication of a changing school scene.

We were delighted to welcome two representatives of ibt, the sponsor of the event, to assist in the Prizegivings alongside Stephen Coverdale, the Satips Finance Director. All expressed enthusiasm for the day and appreciation of the efforts of all the competitors. This has always been very friendly event as well as a very hard fought one and it is hoped that the 2019 cohort enjoyed the whole experience – a Monday out of school cannot be a bad thing whatever the result!



Lockers Park


Danes HIll


Witham Hall
Witham Hall B


Abbot’s Hill Prep.
Beechwood Park


Benedict Godley
George Wilson
Lucas Osman


Grant Messinger
Luka Bailey Bain
(Danes Hill)
Luca Jovanovich
(Danes Hill)


Maddie Bryars
(Witham Hall)
Betsy Walker
(St. Hugh’s)
Josie Turner
(Witham Hall)


Ava Bagshaw
(Danes Hill)
Amelie Booth
(Chesham Prep.)
Jemima Connold
(Abbot’s Hill Prep.)