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  Ben Smith-Bannister from Papplewick School, Ascot won the National Prep Schools Javelin Title on Wednesday, 24 June at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Ben, who is in Year 8, won the National Preparatory Schools Championships Under 14 javelin, with a throw of 36.25m. In third place going into the final round, his was the last attempt of the competition and he threw a personal best by nearly three metres.

“We’re really proud of Ben,” said Tom Bunbury, headmaster at Papplewick School.  “He’s practiced hard and we’re delighted that his efforts have been rewarded.”

 

 

Papplewick is a day, weekly, and full boarding preparatory school for around 200 boys between the ages of 6 and 13. Situated in 15 acres of land opposite Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, Papplewick has an excellent record for academic achievement and feeds many of the UK’s top independent senior schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, Stowe and Bradfield.  

In the last two years the school has maintained its academic record, gaining no less than 18 awards to top independent schools, including three King’s Scholarships to Eton.  Through its strong commitment to sports, the school also builds skills of teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.

As well as academic, sporting and cultural excellence, Papplewick aims to provide boys with the confidence and security they need to fulfil their potential, and the school strives to promote enthusiasm for life, contribution to the community and kindness to others amongst all its pupils. 

A recent (2013) report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) remarks that relationships between pupils and teachers: ‘are an outstanding strength of the school and are seminal in creating the strong sense of a mutually supportive and trusting community.’